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Man beats charges of child rape
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A local man was found not guilty of three counts of child rape following a two-day jury trial this week.The jury found Andrew Johnson guilty of simple assault and acquitted him on all three rape charges after changing testimony from the alleged victim. He will be sentenced for the misdemeanor in September and could receive no more than an 11-month, 29-day jail term.In two days of testimony Monday and Tuesday, prosecutors claimed Johnson sexually assaulted the female victim, who was under 13 at the time, back in 2011. He was arrested when the victim came forward in 2013.At that time, the girl was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center and claimed Johnson touched her private areas with his penis.