Family accused of prostituting minors sentenced to life

6:31 AM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- Three members of an Atlanta family have been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against children, ranging from molestation to pimping. 

According to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, 45-year-old Thomas Johnson, 46-year-old Maryland Johnson and 32-year-old Crystal Johnson were convicted following charges of the sexual abuse of minors during a five year span (2004-2009). 

According to a report: 

At the onset of abuse, the children ranged in age from two to four. According to the investigation, the children were molested and forced to perform sexual acts on the defendants. Two of the children were also prostituted. Authorities were alerted years after the abuse following detailed forensic interviews with the children which revealed the on-going abuse. All of the children have received therapy for the trauma related to their abuse. However, one of the victims is was so severely traumatized both physically and mentally that he has been committed to a psychiatric residential treatment facility since 2009.

The Johnson's were charged with Aggravated Child Molestation, Sexual Battery, Aggravated Sodomy, Rape, Cruelty to Children and Pimping in various degrees among themselves. 

Crystal Johnson was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences plus 150 years, Maryland Johnson to four consecutive life sentences plus 70 years and Thomas Johnson to two consecutive life sentences. 

The three were sentenced Wednesday.    

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