SWANSEA (WBSM) — A Swansea man was convicted this week of raping and molesting a juvenile relative.

Brad Johnson, 44, was convicted on March 13 on indictments charging him with rape of a child by force, assault with intent to rape a child, and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under the age of 14.

He was sentenced to serve 20 to 30 years in state prison.

Johnson was accused of sexually molesting his young female relative between November 2015 and May 2021. During that time, the girl was between eight and 13.

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In June 2021, authorities were notified of the allegations after the mother of the victim noticed her body was marked with self-harm. According to court documents, the victim revealed that Johnson was physically abusing her with cuts for years within his Walker Street home.

The victim, her mother, and her close friend all testified during the trial, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

“The facts of this case are both reprehensible and heartbreaking. The defendant repeatedly molested the victim over a five year period, starting when she was just eight years old. He should have been loving and protecting her, especially at such a young age. He breached her trust by repeatedly sexually assaulting her and changed her life forever,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn said.

“However, I admire the victim’s perseverance and fortitude in dealing with this incomprehensible situation. After speaking with her after sentencing, I know she is moving forward with her life and has a great future," Quinn said. "I hope this conviction and lengthy prison sentence will give her and her family closure, so that she can put this tragedy behind her and have a productive life.”

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