Plea deal keeps man charged with sex crimes involving child out of jail

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland man will serve no jail time after pleading guilty six years after being charged with sex crimes involving a child.

James Tyrus Johnson, 51, of Leland, was charged with several sex crimes in 2009. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court to crimes against nature.

Johnson was serving as a pastor at Olive Branch Church on Mount Misery Road when he was arrested in November 2009. Brunswick County detectives charged him with three counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of first degree sex offense with a child and one count of attempted first degree rape of a child.

According to the Brunswick County Clerk of Courts, all other charges against Johnson were dismissed as part of the plea deal. A judge gave Johnson a suspended sentence and placed him on 12 months of unsupervised probation.

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