Michigan Church Leader Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct

Criminal sexual conduct charge

Are you aware of the meaning behind criminal sexual conduct?

Today is a beautiful day in Detroit, Michigan, with clear blue skies. The shortened work week comes as a nice break as many of us Detroiters are already looking forward to the fall weather and of course football. With Reggie Bush now on the Detroit Lions, it should be an exciting year for all the diehard Lions’ fans out there.

Today, we are looking at a story that took place in Muskegon, Michigan. Earlier this summer, a church leader was arrested for multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. His charges involved children under the age of 13.

This is the case about 76-year-old Carlton Lindberg Johnson. According to MLive.com, he served in the First Congregational Church of God in Christ as a church bishop in Muskegon. In his case, he is facing life in prison because he has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and 1 count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

It can be hard to wrap our minds around the charges if we aren’t aware of what they actually mean. In previous articles, we’ve gone into detail about all four degrees of criminal sexual conduct that you might like to review:

In this instance, Mr. Johnson is being charged with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct because there was sexual penetration defined well by the University of Michigan as

Sexual Penetration (sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, any other intrusion of a body part or an object into genital or anal openings.”

In addition to the sexual penetration, one of the victims was under the age of 13. He was charged with 1st degree again with another victim who was within the ages of 13-16. All of the alleged victims were females.

The 2nd degree charge means that with the goal of sexual gratification there was intentional touch of intimate body parts of a victim who was under the age of 13. The law does tend to be stricter when the victim is under the age of 13 concerning criminal sexual conduct.

Being charged with criminal sexual conduct is a severe offense. If you know of someone who is facing any degree of this crime, it is imperative that experienced legal advice is obtained. Having an attorney with a proven record of defending client’s rights is absolutely essential. Please have them call the Law Offices of David J. Kramer at:

248-348-7400 or 586-530-1000