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Man who climbed through 12-year-old’s window admits to rape

LOCKPORT – A man who climbed a ladder to enter a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom and have sex with her faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to first-degree rape.

Michael D. Johnson, 28, of Crosby Avenue, Lockport, was jailed without bail to await sentencing June 28 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

The incident occurred sometime last July in Lockport, Farkas said from the bench. Johnson had faced a 15-count indictment accusing him of having sex with the girl between July and October. The indictment featured a predatory sexual assault charge that carried a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Farkas told Johnson, “Your mother filed a complaint saying this 12-year-old girl raped you.” Johnson disclaimed responsibility for that statement. “I was the adult in the situation. I made some bad mistakes,” he said tearfully.