April 22, 2009

Roylat "Wally" Johnson sentenced in molestation of three boys

By David Castellon, Visalia Times-Delta

April 22, 2009

A Visalia, Calif., man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the molestation of three boys.

Tulare County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalashian handed down the sentence against Roylat "Wally" Johnson, 37. He entered his plea March 23 to three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 15.

While not an actual admission of guilt, a no-contest plea is treated as a guilty plea by the court.

Two of the boys reported being molested by Johnson in 2001. They told Visalia police they were 8 and 9, respectively, when the incidents happened, an announcement by the Tulare County District Attorney's Office states.

The third boy, age 10 when molested, came forward last year.

All claimed to have been molested in the home of the man they knew as "Wally" while their mothers weren't there, prosecutors report.

The conviction is Johnson's third strike, which under California's "Three Strikes" law requires him to serve 85 percent of his prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Johnson also was ordered to pay $3,000 in fines. Upon his release, he'll have to register as a sex offender.


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