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Tonight a horrendous situation -- 38 year old Lonnie Johnson -- -- 21 counts of child sexual abuse including five counts of rape.
-- second of the -- 2007.
And a year later deemed in competent to stand trial.
By judge James Taylor said Johnson suffers from mental illness now a different judge James Brady's is Johnson.
Not a danger to society which means you may go free.
Judge Taylor will make the final call.
Does -- result lake city proceed Danner the mother of -- little girl who was abused by Johnson.
And Craig Johnson no relation.
The man who is prosecuting the case how can this be happening mr.
Johnson Miami and I don't understand -- -- the guy is incompetent to stand trial.
Just a few years ago -- we're talking 2007.
How -- 211 is -- no danger to society I don't get it.
Well bill -- -- were equally frustrated and perplexed and that's why we've come out like this.
We tried to pursue a civil commitment and try to find he has a mental illness and is a substantial danger to society.
But there's a gap in the law.
And it before it's too much unfettered discretion to a handful of psychiatrists.
Who find that because the last two and a half years he's been a model patient at the Utah State hospital.
That he is now no longer a -- society.
Admittedly he's not been rubbing elbows though with girls under the age of -- Can he be retried then if he's found to be competent for some reason that he's come back from mental illness.
-- he mean can you trial.
Because he's never been -- drive.
-- the criminal proceedings have been on hold while the competency usually in the charges against him.
I can if we can restore him to competency as things currently set.
He's not competent and he's not able to be -- their got a really so you know they have to say he's competent.
No they have to say that he's did he cannot be restored to competence and then we have to dismiss the case because we can't prosecute someone.
Who cannot appreciate the charges before -- that's why we would if there -- easy command that if they do that though.
They're basically gonna let him loose how can they let somebody loose who is.
Allegedly created these heinous crimes that he was convicted of other sexual abuse crimes and Morgan okay before this -- -- -- that.
It highlights a loophole and that's what we're seeking to close for but the judge did order him held correct Taylor.
The judge can order him held until to get re his competency re addressed at the state hospital but that's up to the judge this Thursday and we're gonna seek to have that happen.
I candidate they let him go it's going to be a blue numbness -- you -- you a little girl was eight years old when this.
Yes that's what it started.
-- and what had to tell us what happened there patted added to guide your proximity -- daughter.
He he married her -- so her father's.
And so he became part of the family.
And the other -- -- my niece.
Was his stepdaughter.
And they were close my daughter and her.
And they spent a lot of time together.
And as part of the family did have sleepovers in the families would camp together and have parties together and he was able to get around her and do these things now did she say anything to you about.
As she did and I was saying that -- she he threatened her with the fact not physical harm but.
That if she said anything.
Would kill him.
And then he would go to prison for ever and she would never see him again.
And their bond between my daughter and her father -- so close that that terrified her and her dad has a temper and I mean she kind of.
I -- had a father and try so that's situation I don't know what they're going to do.
All right so so your daughter now has -- been able to get by this at all or she what's her condition now.
-- she is awesome she has dealt with that she's had some counseling.
And I think she has gotten by with that she has a great a family she started.
She Alaska would like her day in court of course I mean all of these girls would you're just tears legions of them for this guy.
The governor we -- taking the governor.
Gary Herbert and he says that he's not comfortable with this guy.
Being out on the street no matter what.
Judge walker rules.
Does that mean anything view mr.
Johnson do you think that the guy in the odds on the guy I think the guys got to stay out of the estate you talk a lot now.
-- very encouraging to hear that governor -- and I'll certainly get in touch in and we'll see what options we have legally.
Our options are rather few at this point we're trying to push legislation to make sure that there's no more money Johnson's in the future and so we we pray for these children that they're safe.
And maybe Kelly Johnson behind bars would we get us that far -- -- -- guys child rapists and and this is a second beef.
Convicted on one end and is it how many how many girls involved here residents are real quick how many.
-- with two additional well young ladies.
Cumberland farm -- -- thank you and we will tell everybody.
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