By NIKKI YOUNK
CRYSTAL FALLS - An Iron River man has been bound over on six of nine felony charges alleging that he had sexual contact with three underage females over a period of eight years.
Dennis Alan Johnson, 54, will next appear in Iron County Trial Court for an arraignment, during which he will enter guilty or not guilty pleas, on May 6.
During Johnson's preliminary examination on Monday, the three victims testified.
Due to the young ages of two of the victims, Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell made motions to close the courtroom and to direct the press to not identify the victims.
Judge C. Joseph Schwedler granted the motions.
The first victim was a 19-year-old woman who testified that she was eight when Johnson first had sexual contact with her.
She said that Johnson had sexual contact with her about 20 times over the next three years.
The second victim was an 11-year-old girl who testified that Johnson had sexual contact with her once when she was six and once when she was eight.
The third victim was a 13-year-old girl who testified that Johnson had sexual contact with her when she was 10 or 11.
The alleged incidents occurred at Johnson's home in Iron River between 2002 and 2010.
All three victims testified that they knew Johnson. They also said that he took them out to restaurants and bought them gifts.
Based on the victims' testimony, Judge Schwedler decided to bind Johnson over on two charges for each victim: two counts of criminal sexual conduct-first degree for victim one, two counts of criminal sexual conduct-second degree for victim two, and one count of criminal sexual conduct-first degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct-second degree for victim three.
Judge Schwedler did not bind Johnson over on three additional counts of criminal sexual conduct.
If convicted on the first degree charges, Johnson must spend between 25 years to life in prison. If convicted on the second degree charges, Johnson could spend up to 15 years in prison.
Nikki Younk's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.