A registered sex offender was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old.
Thomas James Johnson, 45, formerly of Buffalo, pleaded guilty in March in Erie County Court to pursuing a course of sexual conduct with a child under age 11, a felony. The assaults reportedly occurred between August 2016 and February 2017, sometimes when Johnson was asked to babysit the victim.
He was convicted in 1996 of sodomizing a 10-year-old girl. Marshall spent six years in custody for that conviction and was released in 2001.
In addition to the 20-year prison term, Judge Sheila A. DiTullio ordered 20 years of post-release supervision and issued a 29-year-long order of protection to keep Johnson away from the victim.