Mistrial in Iron River CSC case


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – The trial for an Iron River man accused of criminal sexual conduct has ended with a hung jury on four counts and an acquittal on one count.

Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell said that the case against Dennis Johnson, 55, has been declared a mistrial.

Powell has the option to pursue a new trial on the four undecided counts.

Johnson’s trial began Tuesday morning in Iron County Trial Court with opening arguments and the prosecution’s case. On Wednesday, the prosecution continued its case, then Johnson took the stand for the defense.

Jurors began their deliberations at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. They continued all day Thursday and Friday morning.

At about 11:30 a.m. Friday, jurors informed Judge C. Joseph Schwedler that they could not come to a unanimous decision on four of the five felony criminal sexual conduct counts.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Johnson was accused of having sexual contact with three underage girls between 2002 and 2010 in Iron River.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.