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Man who ‘memorialized’ rape of five-year-old girl sentenced to 30 years in prison

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Michael Johnson

STAFFORD, Va. — A Virginia man will spend the next 30 years in prison after he was convicted of making child pornography with a little girl he abused in his Stafford home. Michael P. Johnson, 49, admitted to investigators that he abused the child.

“For approximately three years, Michael P. Johnson repeatedly raped and sodomized a child and produced hundreds of images and videos memorializing the abuse,” Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said.

In April, the FBI discovered Johnson uploaded and downloaded child porn from a computer in his home. When they searched his home, he confessed to the crimes.

“During the search, Johnson agreed to be interviewed and admitted that he would use the Internet to search for, download, and distribute child pornography,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Johnson also admitted sexually abusing a four- or five-year-old female for approximately three years and to photographing and recording the abuse.”

Johnson pleaded guilty in July 2015.

“A forensic examination of the seized items revealed the video to which Johnson pled guilty, as well as an additional 260 images and 102 videos of the victim engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, the FBI recovered more than 146,000 images and 22,000 videos of child pornography from Johnson’s computers,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Johnson was ordered to remain on supervised release for life, once his prison sentence ended.