Centralia man sentenced to IDOC on child sex abuse conviction

CLINTON COUNTY — A 53-year-old Centralia man was sentenced today in Clinton County Court to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim more than 5-years his junior.

Johnny Townsend (Source: CCSO)
Johnny Townsend
(Source: CCSO)

A grand jury handed down a bill of indictment in April against Johnny Townsend, charging him with two Class X felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13.

Townsend was arrested on a warrant June 24, with bail set at $50,000. He pleaded guilty to the Class 2 charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in exchange for the two Class X charges being dismissed.

In addition to serving 7 years in prison, Townsend must serve 2-years mandatory supervised release, and register as a sex offender, as well as submit to testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.