Columbia man described as "serial rapist" faces sentencing

2 years 4 months 10 hours ago Wednesday, July 19 2017 Jul 19, 2017 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:46:00 PM CDT July 19, 2017 in News
By: Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - A sentencing hearing will enter its second day Thursday for a 27-year-old man found guilty of raping three different women and attempting to rape a fourth.

Joanthony Johnson was found guilty in April on two counts each of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree attempted sexual abuse.

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight called Johnson a "serial rapist,” saying he drugged and raped the women at his Columbia apartment. Police discovered cellphone videos Johnson recorded of himself having sex with women.

Johnson admitted to having sex with three of the women but claimed it was consensual.

Knight said police found evidence of Johnson viewing pornography on the internet. Police also found drug paraphernalia including concentrated hash oils, hallucinogens, marijuana, glass smoking devices, a digital scale and several small plastic bags.

Knight said, “He was a major drug dealer and we’re going to prove it.”

In court, Knight showed evidence including police body camera video from a disturbance call back in April 2015 at Aspen Heights and multiple text messages dating back from April 13, 2015 to Feb. 19, 2016. 

Multiple witnesses were called to the stand, including one of the victims.  Johnson’s mother, Norma Chapman said the woman was dating her son for over a year. 

Chapman, said prosecutors are unfairly trying to paint Johnson as a deviant. She said he will appeal the conviction.

"Mr. Knight is doing an overkill,” Chapman said. “OK, he's already got my son convicted, which of course we're gonna appeal and try to get it overturned because there was a lot of errors in this trial. And just based on the errors is what we're going to work with. But right now he's trying to paint him as some deviant, which is most definitely not true.”

Chapman said no crime was committed. 

"I don't understand where it's coming from cause you drink a pitcher of long island ice tea, you snort cocaine, you, some other drugs that she has done,” Chapman said. “You on your own volition walked around to my son's apartment and then wanna say that there was some crime.”

Chapman said her son’s attorney, Boone County assistant public defender Sarah Aplin, didn’t do her job well. 

“My son’s attorney failed to protect his innocence of the alleged trumped up charges of assault, rape, sodomy and other mischaracterizations," Chapman said. “The police investigators used their power to influence or misdirect the women he obtained from Joanthony’s phone.” 

KOMU was unable to reach the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s office Wednesday night. 

The sentencing hearing will continue on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. 

 

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