Jackson jury finds man guilty of molesting teen

MARIANNA – A 6-person jury took about 25 minutes Wednesday to find a Marianna man guilty as charged of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, State Attorney Larry Basford announced.

Nathan Robbert Johnson, 49, was arrested in February 2022 by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of molesting a girl older than 12 but younger than 16. Circuit Court Judge
Ana Maria Garcia set sentencing for May 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Jackson County Chief Prosecutor Shalla Jefcoat called 5 witnesses – including the victim and 3 Sheriff’s Office deputies – and presented evidence proving that the victim was molested by
Johnson in early 2022. The act was discovered when a parent saw a diary entry made by the victim.

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When deputies questioned the defendant, he made admissions to having committed the act, according to testimony.

Lewd and Lascivious Molestation is a Second-Degree Felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Basford thanked the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for its handling of the case and the victim for taking the stand and testifying.

For more information, contact Mike Cazalas at mike.cazalas@sa14.fl.gov, or call 850-381-7454.