Rock throwing suspect gets life sentence for sexual assault of boy

Pat Johnson enters the court room for his trial on aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. (kKXAN Photo)
Pat Johnson enters the court room for his trial on aggravated sexual assault of a child charge. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The man on trial for the aggravated sexual assault of a child has been found guilty of indecency with a child by exposure. Patrick “Pat” Johnson was sentenced Thursday evening to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Johnson assaulted a 15-year-old boy starting in 2012. He has also been found guilty of the aggravated sexual assault of the boy.

Johnson was sentenced to 99 years for aggravated sexual assault, 75 years for indecency and 20 years for exposure. He will be eligible for parole in 30 years, when he is 90 years old. Anyone sentenced to 60 years and up is eligible for parole in 30 years.

The boy claims Johnson would give him drugs and alcohol. He says he met Johnson when he was 12 and would hang out at Johnson’s trailer. Over three years, the victim said, he was sexually assaulted between 50 and 100 times by Johnson.

Johnson is also suspected in the majority of the rock-throwing cases along Interstate 35 in Austin was in court Thursday for the start of his trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

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Police have not said if they suspect Johnson in all of the nearly 100 rock-throwing cases, they do say he caused “the lion’s share” of them. Johnson currently faces six charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Three people were severely injured in the rock-throwing attacks. One victim suffered brain damage when a rock came crashing through his windshield in June 2014.

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