Nageezi man sentenced to eight years for groping female

The Daily Times staff
William Johnson

FARMINGTON — A Nageezi man was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of groping a juvenile female last year.

William Johnson, 35, was sentenced on Aug. 6 after pleading guilty July 31 to a second-degree felony count of criminal sexual contact of a minor, according to San Juan County Chief deputy district attorney Dustin O'Brien.

Johnson was accused of groping a teenage girl's breasts over her clothing, according to the Daily Times archives.

Mark Curnutt, Johnson's attorney, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

During a Sept. 5 forensic interview, the victim stated Johnson would enter her bedroom at night and lay beside her on her bed.

He was initially charged with three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and three counts of criminal sexual penetration on Sept. 6 in Farmington Magistrate Court.

The DA's office sought the plea agreement as the victim was willing to participate in the case but, like many victims of this type of crime, she had difficultly articulating the facts, O'Brien said.

The remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

A cap of eight years in prison was agreed upon by the defense and prosecution, according to the plea agreement.

Johnson will have supervised parole starting with five years and upwards of his natural life.

He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.