Man sentenced to 8 years for sex exploitation of a minor

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Lewisburg man was sentenced to eight years in prison last week, after he pled guilty to the charge of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

James William Johnson, 38, of Nashville Highway, must serve 100 percent of his sentence because of state law on the B Felony, and he is subject to "community supervision for life following sentence expiration," according to the form signed by Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler.

Johnson's laptop computer and cell phone were found at 634 4th Avenue North during the execution of a search warrant on March 21.

The resident, Mark J. Suchan, 41, came to the attention of the Lewisburg Police Department in February, thanks to a confidential informant who works for the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. The informant reported to detectives that Suchan had asked several times, starting as early as summer 2010, whether the informant knew someone who could provide a girl between nine and 12 years old for sexual relations.

Examination of the computers by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation specialists revealed numerous "sexually explicit videos (of)... what appears to be younger females," according to documents in Suchan's case file.

Law enforcement worked on Suchan's case for several months before obtaining the search warrant, but it appears that the discovery of Johnson's similar interest in juvenile females was unexpected.

Suchan pled guilty in June and was sentenced to 11 years at 100 percent.

Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David Henley, Detectives Scott Braden and James Johnson, and Sgt. Sam Barnes of the Maury County Sheriff's Office worked on the investigation with the TBI.

Also sentenced Sept. 7 was a 21-year-old Lewisburg man who admitted he was selling drugs to support his habit.

Marcus Deshane Brown pled guilty in six separate cases, all related to the sale of marijuana and crack cocaine in August, September and October 2010.

Brown was assessed a total of $14,000 in fines, and Crigler sentenced him to spend one year in prison, with the balance of his nine years and nine months sentence on probation. The judge seems to have taken into account what Brown reportedly said to Crystal Gray of the Board of Probation and Parole.

"I believe that I'm still young and, if given a second chance, I can change and become a better person," Brown stated. "I just need the opportunity to prove myself."

Brown told Gray he was "kicked out" of Marshall County High School after the 10th grade, following multiple suspensions for "gang-related activities." He admitted affiliation with the "Gangster Disciples."

The only regular job listed in the pre-sentence report is one month with Sanford in Shelbyville in 2009, where Brown was making $7.25 per hour. This is a stark contrast to his income from drug dealing, which he estimated at $1,000 per week.

Brown was represented by Fayetteville-based attorney Ray Fraley.