Charges filed in Ill. captivity case

Aug. 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM   |   Comments

BELLEVILLE, Ill., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- An Illinois man and his mother face charges in the case of a teen who claims she was repeatedly raped, impregnated and held captive in their home for 28 months.

Steven Johnson, 24, and his mother, Owida, 54, appeared in court Monday, where both pleaded not guilty, the Belleville News-Democrat reported. Johnson is charged with aggravated sexual abuse as well as drug and weapons offenses. His mother is charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.

Johnson was being held in lieu of $2 million bail. His mother was released Monday after her bail was cut to $10,000.

A 19-year-old woman told police Johnson held her in the house in Washington Park from 2010 until she ran away last week. She said she was raped over and over and gave birth to a son, now 2.

Courtney Johnson, a relative, called the alleged victim a liar who went to police after Steven broke up with her and told her to leave. He said the woman often came to his restaurant to help him and that she was in the house when police raided it for drugs several months ago.

"If she was being held against her will, why didn't she run instead of coming to the restaurant?" Courtney asked.

He said he lived with the family for five years and called Owida Johnson "Ma."

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Source: Ferguson cop beaten before shooting
Robert Hansen, notorious Alaska serial killer, dead at 75
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy
4 firefighters injured in 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
Pope Francis calls family of slain journalist James Foley to console them
Trending News