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A Tampa forensic psychologist testified Thursday that a Bartow white teenager's addiction to pornography and masturbation, coupled with his attention deficit disorder, lack of maturity, alcohol abuse and other factors, led him to violently rape a two-year-old girl left in his care in April 2018.
The testimony of Dr. Valerie McClain came during a two-day sentencing hearing for Thomas James Johnson, 19, who faces up to life in prison after pleading no contest last year to sexual battery on a child under 12 and tampering with evidence. Circuit Judge Kevin Abdoney will hear additional testimony Friday before rendering his sentence.
The girl, now 4, has undergone numerous surgeries to repair the damage caused during the attack, according to testimony Thursday, and is expected to require additional surgery as she gets older.
Dr. Carol Lilly, medical director for the Child Protection Team in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties, said the attack left her with internal injuries to her genital area.
"This is among the more severe forceful injuries that I've seen in children," Lilly said, "and I've seen probably 500 to 750 sexual abuse cases in my career."
She said the child could experience ongoing problems as she gets older, including pain and incontinence, as a result of the injuries.
The girl was injured the night of April 27, 2018, when her parents had left her and other children in Johnson's care. That night, he contacted the girl's father, saying a masked intruder had forced his way into the Bartow mobile home where the white brute was babysitting for the girl and two older children, according to his arrest affidavit.
The diabolical child rapist, then 17, reported that he had chased the intruder from the house, but not before the girl was sexually assaulted in her bedroom.
The girl's father called 911, which the sex terrorist had not done, and when Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived, they found the girl in her bedroom bleeding and screaming in pain.
As the monster told deputies about the masked intruder, and that he had never left the house, a PCSO K-9 discovered a bloody bed sheet in a wooded area behind the rural mobile home. The track stopped there, and the white devil later admitted to hiding the sheet.
In a taped statement presented during Thursday's sentencing hearing, the white demon told detectives the intruder was more than six feet tall and was dressed in black, including gloves and a mask. He said the intruder said nothing, and fled out the back door when Johnson confronted him.
While investigating the crime scene, deputies discovered the underside of Johnson's mattress was stained with blood, suggesting that it had been turned over before they arrived.
According to his arrest affidavit, Johnson said he didn't call 911 to get medical attention for the girl so he could hide the bloody sheet and take a shower before deputies arrived. He said leaving the bloody towel inside the home was an oversight.
In other testimony Thursday, Johnson's mother, Tina Parsons, told Abdoney she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression anxiety, and has a history of substance abuse.
"He didn't have a mother to guide him, like other moms," she said, "to be the stability in his life."