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Former deputy to serve 20 years for sexual assault

Posted: June 30, 2015 5:05 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Nakia Johnson

A former Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy will spend 20 years in prison for a series of sexual acts with a child less than 11 years old.

A circuit court judge sentenced Nakia Karrien Johnson, 40, on Friday. Deputies arrested Johnson in October 2011. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews confirmed Johnson served as a KCSO deputy from November 1999 to April 2001.

Deputies arrested Johnson after the victim’s mother, who had been in a relationship with him, heard Johnson and her daughter engaged in sexual activity after Johnson accidentally and unknowingly dialed her phone from his cellphone. At the time, Johnson served as a officer with the Fairfax Police Department in Allendale County.

The investigation found the assault the woman heard on her phone happened in Lee County, but in gathering evidence and statements from the girl, deputies learned Johnson had been abusing her for several years in Kershaw, Lee and Allendale counties and while on a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.

Johnson received the 20-year sentence for second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor on a victim between 11 and 14 years old and an additional 15 years for a lewd act on a minor less than 16 years old, with the terms to be served concurrently, according to online court records.

Tuesday, Matthews said it disturbs him when a police officer breaks the law, but no one is immune from being brought to justice.

“It never makes us feel good when a police officer is arrested, but if they are involved in criminal activity we will make the arrest and assist in the prosecution, no matter who they are,” Matthews said.

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