A Ladoga woman who performed oral sex on her son and tried having sex with a family dog was sentenced Monday to 13 years in state prison.
Prosecuting attorney Joseph Buser described her actions as “twisted, not right and unacceptable” during closing statements at a sentencing hearing in Montgomery Circuit Court.
Sheila L. Johnson, 45, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, and attempted beastiality, a Level 6 felony. She avoided what Judge Harry Siamas said could have been “decades” in jail — under a plea agreement, 15 felony charges were dismissed, including child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor and incest.
As part of a plea bargain, Johnson was given time served for her one-year sentence for attempted beastiality along with 567 days jail credit and a suspended sentence for three years probation for sexual misconduct with a minor. She will be required to register as a sex offender once she is released from prison.
During Monday’s hearing, Johnson said she was persuaded by Keylin L. Johnson that such behavior was normal because she was told that “it was the mother’s responsibility to teach the son.” Keylin Johnson was charged with 18 felonies, including aiding in child molestation, aiding in sexual misconduct with a minor, aiding in incest, child molesting and possession of child pornography. He was convicted in July for aiding sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography and sentenced to 10 years in prison under a plea agreement.
A 19-year-old man and his 17-year-old sister recounted the abuse to police because, they said, they were concerned for a 13-year-old sister, according to a probable cause affidavit. The 19-year-old man was under the age of 14 when the abuse by his mother began in 2012. At some point, he told police, Keylin Johnson had persuaded him that incest was a “normal way of life,” according to the affidavit.
The male victim had recently written a letter to Siamas, who described the correspondence as “heartbreaking” and revealed a man who was in need of a mother during his teenage years.
“I don’t know how a son gets over this no matter how much therapy he has,” Siamas said.
The sexual abuse went on for years in Waveland, Ladoga and in Morgan County when the family lived for a period of time in Mooresville. No charges have yet been filed by prosecutors there.
Sheila Johnson, who has no prior criminal convictions, said it was Keylin Johnson who instigated her behavior. But Siamas said that Keylin Johnson also had no prior criminal convictions and blamed Sheila Johnson for what happened behind closed doors.
“The offenses went on for a period of time at different locations,” Siamas said. “(This) violates law and every moral code that we have.”