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Man gets 8 years for raping Australian tourist

23 Apr

Article Tab: Akeem Johnson booking photo.WESTMINSTER – A man has been sentenced to eight years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex-offender registration for raping an intoxicated Australian tourist and dumping her in an alley behind a Tustin bar, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

In March, an Orange County jury found Akeem Jelani Johnson, 28, of Tustin, guilty of one felony count of rape. On Friday, he was sentenced.

Late on Nov. 25, 2010, Johnson met the 47-year-old victim for the first time at Godfather’s bar in Tustin. She was visiting family in Orange County from Australia and was visibly intoxicated, the D.A.’s office said.

At midnight, Johnson took the victim to his sport-utility vehicle and raped her in the back seat, prosecutors said.

Then he and two of his friends lifted the partially-clothed woman and dumped her on an old, dirty mattress in an alley near the bar and fled the scene, prosecutors said. A witness observed the victim being carried, called 911 and provided the license-plate number for Johnson’s car.

Johnson was arrested later that day based on the license-plate number.

In an impact statement to the court, the victim said, in part, according to the District Attorney’s Office’s release:

“My confident nature has taken a beating. I become anxious around male strangers. … This whole ordeal has changed me for life. I will never be the same person I was before Thanksgiving 2010.

“Fortunately for me that night, something sent a good Samaritan outside from doing his laundry, and he had a conscience that told him what he was witnessing was not right and he should do something about it.”

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