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Rockford man charged with sexual assault

Staff Report

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man has been charged with sexual assault in an incident authorities say happened at Auburn High School in 2013, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Wednesday, April 24.

James N. Smith Johnson, 22, is charged with criminal sexual assault.

Prosecutors say that on March 15, 2013, a female student reported to the Auburn High School nurse that she had been sexually assaulted by another student inside the school. Rockford Police detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and developed Smith Johnson as a suspect. He was arrested April 16, 2019, and was recently indicted by a Winnebago County grand Jury.

Smith Johnson is currently lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. His bond is currently set at $450,000, and he’s due in court Thursday, April 25.

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony, punishable by four to 15 years in prison. R.

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