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Michigan substance abuse counselor who admitted to sex with male inmates in custody gets probation

September 30, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Michigan substance abuse counselor who admitted to sex with male inmates in custody gets probation

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A substance abuse counselor working at a treatment center in Michigan has been ordered to register as a sex offender after confessing that she had sex with two men in custody.

Rachele Johnson, 26, managed to avoid a jail sentence last week but was sentenced to five years’ probation and was required to enroll in therapy after entering a guilty plea to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, misconduct, and providing a phone to an inmate, according to the Lansing State Journal.

According to reports, prosecutors indicated that Johnson had intercourse with two men while employed at the House of Commons, a court-mandated, state-run substance abuse treatment center in Mason.

The men maintained that Johnson did not victimize them, but her role as a Michigan Department of Corrections employee meant that the men were not able to consent to the illicit meetings, Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick contended.

Johnson — who worked nights and was the only counselor on duty most nights— also provided the men with phones and let them leave the treatment center to purchase alcohol, one of the men said at her preliminary hearing.

The man described his relationship with Johnson as “flirty,” indicating that he would go with her into a property room with no security cameras. Johnson also created fake medical appointments so they could leave the property together.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk ordered, however, that there was no indication that Johnson used her position to force the men into sex. However, Johnson’s behavior undercut the legitimacy of the center and hurt its overall structure.

Other charges against Johnson, which included harboring escapees and providing contraband, were dropped.

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