Linthicum man pleads guilty to abusing girlfriend's daughter


A 45-year-old mechanic pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually abusing his girlfriend's daughter from the time she was 11 to the age of 17.

James Edward Johnson of Linthicum faces five years in prison for sexually abusing the child at homes he shared with her mother in Glen Burnie and Linthicum between 1983 and 1990.

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Ferris said the victim, now 19, came forward about six months after Johnson and her mother broke up in June 1990.

She said intercourse began when the victim was 11 and Johnson took her on a trip to see his family in Tennessee.

The abuse increased in fre

quency when the couple moved to Warwickshire Lane in Glen Burnie and the mother started working nights. It continued when they moved to Louise Lane in Linthicum in April 1988, according to court records.

When the victim became pregnant with Johnson's child at 15, records show, she told her mother that a friend was the father and made up a name. She later had an abortion.

In February 1989, the couple moved to West Friendship in Howard County. The abuse continued until they broke up in November 1989, Ms. Ferris said.

Johnson is being held without bail in the county detention center.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

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