DA Vance: Man Sentenced to 25 Years-to-Life in Prison for Repeatedly Sexually Abusing, Raping his Daughter


July 30, 2019

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of BRYAN JOHNSON, 41, to 25 years-to-life in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing and raping his daughter between the ages of 8- and 10-years-old. On June 18, 2019, JOHNSON was convicted following a New York State Supreme Court bench trial of 17 counts, including Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, Rape in the First Degree, and Criminal Sexual Act.
 
“This lengthy prison sentence is the only appropriate outcome for this horrific case of child sexual assault,” said District Attorney Vance. “From age 8 to age 10, this young girl lived in terror of her father, until she mustered the courage to tell an online religious advisor about the abuse she endured. My Office’s Special Victims Bureau conducted a thorough and unrelenting investigation into the little information that the religious advisor could provide police, and finally put a stop to the defendant’s despicable conduct. With the full support of our prosecutors, investigators, and social workers behind her, this survivor took the stand in an immense act of courage – as did the defendant’s brave stepdaughter, who testified about her own abuse at her stepfather’s hands. I am in awe of their resiliency, and hope that their courage gives others the strength to come forward. I urge anyone who is a victim of child abuse or knows a victim of child abuse to call our hotline at 212-335-4308. Help is available for those in need.”
 
Assistant D.A.s Kristen Caruso and Austin Minogue handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Nicole Blumberg, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, and Executive Assistant D.A. Audrey Moore, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau. Investigators Diana Keam, Steven Lane, Donjya Bardliving, and Elena Lui, and Paralegal Lucrecia Bunzel provided valuable assistance with the case.
 
Defendant Information:
 
BRYAN JOHNSON, D.O.B. 2/13/1978
New York, NY
 
Convicted:

  • Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, a class A felony, 8 counts
  • Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, 3 counts
  • Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
  • Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count

 
Sentenced:

  • 25 years-to-life in prison