A Wyandanch man has pleaded guilty to raping a woman inside her home three years ago.
On September 19, 2020, Joseph T. Johnson, 33, broke into the victim’s residence in Wyandanch while she was inside the home. The defendant then raped the victim in the home, before stealing cash and fleeing the scene. Following the break-in, the victim installed several surveillance cameras in and around the residence.
Two days later, on September 21, 2020, the victim received an alert that her newly installed surveillance cameras had been turned off. She then saw that cameras were damaged or turned away from the home, and the wires had been cut.
Video surveillance captured before the cameras were damaged showed Johnson, wearing white face paint, inside the victim’s residence. Johnson was subsequently arrested by members of the
Suffolk County Police Department.
Upon further investigation, Johnson was also determined to be the perpetrator of the September 19, 2020, rape through DNA testing.
On July 28, 2023, Johnson pleaded guilty before Acting Supreme Court Justice Karen M. Wilutis, to first-degree rape, a Class B violent felony. He is due back in court on September 8, 2023, for sentencing. He is expected to be sentenced to 18 years in prison followed by 20 years of post-release supervision.
“This is an extremely disturbing case. This defendant broke into the victim’s home and then proceeded to brutally rape her,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney. “This dangerous individual and now convicted sex offender will now go to prison for his crime, where he will be unable to terrorize anyone else.”