Joshua Robert Johnson

Man gets prison for invading Ashland home, demanding sex act

A man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for twice invading an 86-year-old woman's house and demanding sex from her.

Joshua Robert Johnson, 22, was sentenced to 40 months in prison Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court after admitting to felony burglary and a misdemeanor private indecency charge in two terrifying back-to-back entries into the woman's Ashland home last August — in one moment demanding a sexual favor and in another throwing a planter through her sliding glass door.

The victim read a statement about how the Aug. 19 incident affected her, according to Deputy District Attorney Virginia Greer, closing by stating that "she hopes he gets the help he needs."

Greer, who prosecuted the case, said the nature of the crime merits prison. 

"I think that given the very invasive, very personal nature of this crime, prison was very appropriate," Greer said.

Johnson entered the victim's house in the 900 block of Clay Street through an unlocked door. Once inside, he confronted the woman, showed her his genitals and demanded sex, according to a release issued by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Johnson left after the victim refused, and the woman locked her door. Seconds later, Johnson shattered her sliding glass door and went back inside, the release says. The victim fled and called 911 from a neighbor's house.

When police arrived on scene to investigate, they found Johnson's phone near the victim's home and a trail of blood that led to Johnson's apartment complex in the 2200 block of Siskiyou Boulevard. 

Johnson turned himself in to police after he sought medical attention for cuts he sustained during the break-in, according to the release.

Other than a brief apology to the victim, Johnson didn't make any statements during the hearing, according to Greer.

Johnson pleaded guilty April 26 to two felony counts of first-degree burglary and a single misdemeanor count of private indecency.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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