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Published March 20 2012

Moorhead man admits to sex with same juvenile victim from earlier case

MOORHEAD – A 33-year-old Moorhead man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he had sex with a girl under the age of 16.

At a hearing in Clay County District Court, Gary Lee Johnson admitted in plea testimony to having sex with a girl under the age of 16 on three separate occasions in 2011. He pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, four other charges of criminal sexual conduct against Johnson were dismissed. Judge Lisa Borgen accepted Johnson’s guilty plea and set sentencing for May 7.

Johnson had previously served jail time in 2008 for downloading a nude image of the same girl onto his phone when she was 12 years old, only to have the conviction overturned by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2009.