Orem man sentenced to 25 years to life at Utah State Prison for sexually abusing 11-year-old girl

Posted at 5:10 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 19:10:50-05

PROVO, Utah — An Orem man convicted of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in Orem was sentenced to prison for 25 years to life Monday.

In February 2014, Jayson Q. Johnson, 27, assaulted and sexually abused the girl as she walked to Cherry Hill Elementary School.

Johnson was facing several charges but pleaded guilty to one charge of sodomizing the child as part of a plea deal struck with prosecutors. Last month he tried to back out of the deal and withdraw his guilty plea.

On Monday, Johnson appeared in court to resolve the matter of the attempt to change his plea.

According to court documents, Johnson’s attorney stated that after speaking with his client, Johnson requested to withdraw the motion to withdraw his plea and proceed with sentencing.

On the charge of child sodomy, a first-degree felony, Johnson was sentenced to 25 years to life at the Utah State Prison.