Teacher Sentenced For Sexual Assault Of A Student

View Comments

DENVER (CBS4) – A teacher charged with the sexual assault of a young girl was sentenced by a judge Wednesday afternoon.

Richard Johnson was an eight-grade teacher at Rocky Heights Middle School and a basketball coach at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch. Last November the 33-year-old was arrested after he left the school district.

Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child for a relationship he had with a student who was 13 at the time. She is now 16.

The judge called it the “ultimate act of betrayal” by a teacher and then sentenced Johnson to 20 years in prison.

“Twenty years in prison, 20 years on top of that, is a just sentence, I left long ago saying right or wrong, but it’s a just sentence in this case, it’s not unduly harsh at all when weighed against the fact the state has authorized penalties up to a person’s life for these types of offenses,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Gallo.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,502 other followers