Lebanon, VA — On February 23, 2017, Kevin Lynn Johnson, a 46 year-old man from Lebanon, Virginia, was convicted of 28 counts of Using a Communications Device to Solicit a Minor in the Russell County Circuit Court. Johnson was sentenced to a total of 50 years in prison, with 30 years suspended, leaving him 20 years to serve, indefinite probation upon his release.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Reece Robertson presented evidence at Monday’s hearing that the victim in this case was a 10 year-old child that Johnson had solicited sexual acts through text messages in June, 2016. There was no evidence that the child had ever engaged in any actual sexual contact with Johnson, despite his illegal and lascivious solicitations. The victim and family members submitted Victim Impact Statements outlining how Johnson’s criminal conduct had affected their family that were considered by the Judge.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Patton stated, “the law enforcement officers that investigated this case worked diligently to bring this depraved individual to justice and help protect this victim from further exploitation.” Patton further stated, “technology makes our lives easier, but this needs to be a reminder to parents that we have to monitor our children’s devices and always be vigilant watching out for the predators that want to exploit children via text messaging, social media, and other programs.”
The charges stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Russell County Sheriff’s office.