Ex-Gilmer ISD employee sentenced on child sex assault charges denied appeal
From Staff Reports
March 20, 2017 at 2:54 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2017 at 3:05 p.m.
A former Gilmer ISD employee serving a sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child has been denied an appeal.
Orlandos Lugene Johnson must continue serving the sentence that was given to him in May. Johnson was sentenced to 50 years on each of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish.
Johnson worked for Gilmer ISD for 22 years as an instructional aide at Gilmer Intermediate School; his employment ended when he was arrested April 1, 2015.
Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said last year that Johnson worked with special needs children in the district and that the sexual assault started when a student was a sixth-grader in the district and lasted until the student was 17. Byrd said Johnson sexually abused the child 20 times, all of which happened at the school except for one time.
In his appeal, Johnson argued that his attorney "rendered ineffective assistance" by not communicating a plea bargain that had been offered and that Johnson did not knowingly or voluntarily plead guilty.
The appeals court found nothing that that showed Johnson was unaware of the plea bargain or the guilty plea he entered, according to a memorandum opinion issued by the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana.
Because of that, the appeals court upheld the judgment and also ordered Johnson to pay all costs of the appeal, according to an order issued by Chief Judge Josh Morriss III.