This psychiatric examiner concludes with a reasonable degree of professional certainty that Mr. Johnson does have a mental abnormality. —Jacob Hadden, PhD, evaluating a prisoner for the State of New York’s Office of Mental Health
When Mr. Johnson was 18 to 20 years old he had a lot of sex. He thought about sex a lot, too. He met girls on the street or partying. They got it on at Motel 6 or in rooms in apartments with mattresses on the floor, sometimes near another couple. He didn’t ask about age. Everyone was young, usually poor, usually solo and scared for a sea of reasons that might vanish at least for a while in a kiss. One girl was 13, another 15. Mr. Johnson "used charm and coercion to secure sexual contact," and boasted about his conquests, sometimes dramatically. Call that Exhibit 1 in psychiatric examiner Hadden’s conclusion that Mr. Johnson is a sicko who requires indefinite civil confinement now that he has completed a criminal sentence.
Exhibit 2: Until he was 20, Mr. Johnson "led a nomadic lifestyle," was reckless and impulsive, had no long-term plans and "changed locations and relationships often" in New York City and upstate. He has "no formal work history," having made a living selling drugs until a bad deal and a guilty plea on that and two counts of statutory rape and reckless endangerment sent him up. Abandoned by his parents as a child, too much for his grandmother to handle, he had been thieving, surviving on the street and in and out of correctional institutions from age 9. He once said he didn’t think he’d live past 24.
Exhibit 3: Mr. Johnson went to strip clubs "once or twice." In prison he "looked at Buttman (hard-core pornography magazine), but now doesn’t." At 33, he "doesn’t currently masturbate, but did years ago." It’s unclear whether Examiner Hadden thinks Mr. Johnson is a sicko because of overindulgence or manly restraint. In an unsolicited, notarized response, Mr. Johnson wrote, "You had a lot of officers that used to sell [porno] years back in the prison system. I don’t masturbate and never told [Hadden] that I did years ago."
Exhibit 4: After thirteen years in prison Mr. Johnson "is sexually preoccupied." He "may have deviant sexual interest in pubescent females, but this is not clear given that he was relatively young at the time of his offenses." Still, because he insists he didn’t know the two girls were underage—and once stated, "If they’re old enough to be in the street and smoking dope, they are old enough to fuck"—"he is prone to further sexual contact with underage individuals because of deficits in his emotional capacity to understand why this is wrong."
Exhibit 5: Mr. Johnson is married. His wife, by whom he claims four children, ages 12 to 20, is a certified nursing assistant who lives in Richmond, Virginia. Examiner Hadden notes that Mr. Johnson says "he loves his wife," but she is of interest to the psychiatric examiner primarily as an accessory to his sexual obsession. "He claimed that his wife ‘says she wants it all the time.’" Mr. Johnson denies he said that but agrees that fulfilling her sexual desires "is my obligation as her husband."