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South Carolina woman charged in rape of 12-year-old girl

John Joyce
  • A 20-year-old woman from South Carolina is charged in the rape of a York girl, 12, whose family she was visiting.
  • Police say the woman held the child down and assaulted her with her hand, then with an object.
  • Victoria Johnson, facing sexual assault charges, is being held on $75,000 bond,

A South Carolina woman visiting a friend in York admitted to forcibly raping the friend's 12-year-old daughter, according to charges filed by the Southern Regional Police Department.

Victoria Jean Johnson, 20, of Summerville, South Carolina, is being held in York County Prison under a $75,000 secured bond on charges she held the girl down and raped her, according to charging documents.

Johnson is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault on a person younger than 16 years old, indecent assault, indecent assault on a person younger than 16 years old and corruption of minors.

Victoria Jean Johnson

According to the documents, Johnson was only in town a few days when the incident took place Aug. 12. Police were called to the victim's residence at about 2 p.m. that afternoon, and when they arrived they found Johnson crying on the couch.

Johnson told officers she had "made a big mistake," the documents said.

Police asked what she meant, and Johnson responded by asking if she was going to jail, the report said. When police asked why she would be going to jail, Johnson said she would go to jail for raping her friend, according to the documents.

The officers handcuffed Johnson and removed her from the house before talking with her further. Once in the back of a patrol car, Johnson opened up to the officers about what had taken place, the documents said.

What happened: After being transported to the police station and read her rights, Johnson told the officers she and the girl had slept in the same bed the night before, and there had been no previous sexual interest, the documents said. But that morning, the two began a conversation — the documents did not elaborate on the details of the discussion — that got Johnson "in the mood," according to the documents.

Johnson said she held the girl down, pulled down her panties and penetrating her for 25 to 45 minutes. The victim said "no" at least once and tried unsuccessfully to resist before giving up, the documents said.

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The officers asked Johnson if she believed the victim was enjoying what was being done to her, and she answered, "not at all," the documents said. She told them she knew the child was in pain and that she knew she was being "too rough," the documents said.

Johnson said she "never wanted to be a rapist," and she did not want to "be seen as a pedophile," the documents said. She said she was "very aware" of the difference in age between herself and the victim. She said she could not stop herself, and she just did it without thinking, the documents said.

Police asked the court to consider Johnson a flight risk given that her home is in South Carolina and she has no other friends or family in the area other than the person she was visiting. They also asked that a no-contact order be imposed against Johnson, preventing her from seeing or communicating with the victim.

Johnson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Aug. 26.

— Reach John Joyce or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.