The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A man who molested his stepdaughter and then prostituted her at his home has been sentenced to life in prison by a Fulton County judge.
A jury convicted James Howard Johnson, 49, Monday evening on 17 felony counts ranging from rape, to child molestation to pimping and pandering, according to the office of Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.
Judge Craig Schwall sentenced Johnson Monday to three consecutive life terms in prison plus 87 years.
Johnson started sexually abusing his stepdaughter in 2000 when she was 7, said Yvette Brown, a Howard spokeswoman. The abuse escalated when she reached her teens, and he prostituted her at "sex parties" at home, Brown said. He forced her to drink alcohol, take the drug ecstasy and then have sex with men for money.
"Johnson also demanded the victim recruit her friends to the ‘sex parties’ and solicit men via chat lines," Brown said, adding that his ex-wife -- the girl's mother -- and his girlfriend both testified that he also prostituted them.
The girl ran away in 2007 and told an aunt what had happened. Atlanta police investigated, and Johnson was arrested in 2008.