Former Berrien County employee sentenced for child sex crimes
Posted: Apr 12, 2023 11:58 AM EDT
Joel Todd Johnson, 61, was sentenced to the following:
- Seven to 15 years for criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13
- Five to 20 years for producing child pornography
- 260 days and restitution for embezzlement from $1K to $20K
He must also register as a lifetime sex offender and wear electronic tether monitoring.
Johnson is the former Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for Berrien County.
He was arrested in July 2022 after an 11-year-old girl discovered his cell phone recording her as she took a shower.
At the time, Johnson was a construction contractor and was hired to remodel a bathroom.
Investigators found over 200 images of child pornography, including some created in his home, on his laptop, according to reports.