Eagle Mountain man sentenced to 70 years in prison for child sex abuse

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PROVO, Utah (News4Utah)- An Eagle Mountain man will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge declared Tuesday.

Johnathon Damion Nixon, 33, was arrested earlier this year on 50 charges related to sexual activity with the girls who were between the ages of 4 and 7 during those slumber parties. In June he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three young girls during sleepovers at this home.

Tuesday a judge sentenced Nixon to 70 years in prison, giving him several consecutive 25 and 15 to life sentences on each count against him. 

Nixon never disclosed that he was a registered sex offender. Court documents show Nixon would volunteer to hold sleepovers at his home. Prosecutors say Nixon’s stepdaughter and her two friends who attended slumber parties at the home were the victims. The judge said the girls were “irreparably harmed” by Nixon. 

Also in court, two of the mothers of Nixon’s victims called him a “monster.”

“I thought I did my part by getting to know the parents. I checked the registry for our neighborhood. What I didn’t know was that the house that [she] was playing in turned out to be a house of horrors,” said a mother of one of the young girls. 

The mother of Nixon’s stepdaughter also spoke.

“I know that he has no empathy, he has no remorse for what he’s done. If he did he would not have done what he did to my daughter for four years and stolen her childhood before she was even old enough to have one,” she said through tears. 

After sentencing, family members of the three victims hugged each other and sobbed. Deputy Utah County Attorney Craig Johnson said the families were “elated” at the results of the trial. He also expressed relief that Nixon confessed to the crimes, which helped speed up the trial process and did not burden the children with a lengthy ordeal. 

Nixon’s court-appointed attorney tried to present the fact that he confessed as a mitigating factor in the case. 

“[Nixon] said ‘I can’t put those girls through a trial,'” said his attorney. 

Still, the judge told Nixon the most aggravating factor in the case is that fact that Nixon believed the young victims were “flirting” with him.

“Parents trusted that their children could play in your home without risk of being sexually assaulted by you,” Judge Derek Pullan told Nixon. “Your belief that the children are at fault in some way for ‘flirting’ with you is the most aggravating of circumstances. Your need to be rehabilitated is significantly outweighed by the need to keep children from harm,” Judge Pullan said. 

Nixon will likely die in prison, not eligible for parole until age 103. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call the toll-free Statewide 24-hour Sexual Violence Crisis and Information Hotline at 1-888-421-1100. Click here for a list of Rape Crisis Resources in Utah.

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