Child molester sentenced to over six years in prison

A former yeoman at NAS Whidbey Island was sentenced to prison for molesting two children.

A former yeoman at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was sentenced to prison for molesting two children, according to court documents.

Ronnie T. Johnston, 34, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court on Oct. 13 to child molestation in the first degree and child molestation in the third degree. Both are crimes of domestic violence.

The sentencing was held over until this month to give the Department of Corrections time to prepare a pre-sentence investigative report.

Under the terms of the plea bargain, the defense and prosecution agreed on a sentencing recommendation of six years and six months to life in prison. The judge agreed.

The pre-sentence report describes Johnston as remorseful and amenable to sex-offender treatment.

Johnston told the community corrections officer that he could not explain why he had hurt the children.

The victim impact statement states that both of the victims are struggling with anger, betrayal and guilt. The entire family is suffering emotional and mental trauma.

“We are not okay,” the statement says.

The police report states that Johnston had molested an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old girl multiple times. He made one of the girls promise never to tell anyone about the way he touched her because he could get into a lot of trouble.

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