March 4, 2015
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) - A former Vallejo special-education teacher has been found guilty of raping and impregnating his developmentally disabled student aide.
A Solano County jury on Thursday convicted Jerry Johnson of Elk Grove of one count of rape of a person incapable of consenting due to mental and developmental disabilities.
The Vallejo Times-Herald reports the 57-year-old Johnson faces up to 11 years in prison at his April sentencing.
Johnson's attorney had argued the sexual relationship was consensual and legal.
Prosecutors say the 20-year-old victim has the intellect of a 7-year-old. She worked as a student aide at a Vallejo elementary school.
Johnson was arrested in June 2011 after the victim's mother discovered her daughter was pregnant. The child is now 14 months old, and DNA evidence shows Johnson is the likely father.