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Substance abuse counselor sentenced for sex with men in her custody

Rachele Johnson. Credit: Ingham County Jail.

A Michigan woman will have to register as a sex offender after she had sex with two patients at a court-mandated treatment center.

26-year-old Rachele Johnson was sentenced for five years of probation, mandatory therapy and mandatory registration as a sex offender after pleading guilty to charges that include fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and misconduct in office.

The sentencing took place on Tuesday and was presided over by Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk who determined that there was no evidence that the woman used her authority to coerce men into having sex with her.

Johnson worked for the Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties, operating out of the House of Commons state-run substance abuse treatment center.

Working nights, Johnson was often the only counselor at the facility for residents to turn to.

The two men involved claimed they were not victims, but the governmental nature of her employment meant that the men would not have been able to legally consent to sex.

In addition to meeting their more carnal needs, Johnson would provide the men with cell phones and allow them to leave for alcohol purchase runs. In addition, she would make up phony medical appointments so she could see the men outside of the center.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Johnson was convicted of misconduct in office, furnishing a cell phone to a prisoner and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Six charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, harboring escapees and providing contraband in prison were dismissed.

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