Former ESL track coach given probation in sex abuse case

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) – A former assistant track coach at East Saint Louis Senior High has been sentenced to two year probation for attempted sexual abuse of a teenage boy.

Prosecutors dismissed felony charges against Earlest Johnson, 35, as part of plea negotiations.

The reason, Johnson’s alleged confession was obtained by a former East St. Louis police detective who is now in legal trouble in a separate case.

Johnson had confessed to former East St. Louis detective Orlando Ward who was later convicted on federal drug charges.

Johnson’s 15-year-old victim says he was abused at the former coach’s home.   Johnson will have to register as a sex offender.


  • Disgusted

    So, just because the detective is unreliable then the victim’s claim are unreliable as well?? This is why few have faith in our judicial system and people end up scared for life!!! Disgusted!!!

  • Marie

    I hope Karma steps up and takes over where our laws have failed this child victim. Shame on you East St.Louis IL judicial system.

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