Depew Man Convicted of Sex Crimes
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma
A Depew man who used Snapchat to coerce and entice a minor to commit sexual acts was convicted Thursday in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
Johnny Lee Summers, 23, was found guilty of coercion and enticement of a minor; sexual abuse of a minor in Indian Country; and abusive sexual contact with a minor in Indian Country.
“The coercive and manipulative conduct perpetrated by Johnny Summers against a teenage girl is criminal and inexcusable,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “This week, the victim took a stand against her abuser, joined by two previous child victims of the defendant. Their compelling testimony helped to ensure Summers was held accountable. I want victims to know that the law enforcement community supports them. We will fully investigate accusations of child sexual abuse and work tirelessly to bring abusers to justice.”
Prosecutors showed that Summers coerced a 14-year-old to engage in sexual activity with him from February 2021 to January 2022. Summers sent thousands of sexually inappropriate messages to the victim on Snapchat and convinced her to engage in sexual activity. He also solicited nude images of the victim and sent her nude images of himself.
Summers’ conduct continued to escalate when he regularly isolated the victim in a bathroom and touched the her in a sexual manner. His crimes culminated when Summers attempted to have sex with her in the bathroom.
During trial, two previous victims of Summers testified that he had solicited nude images and videos of them over Snapchat and Facebook messenger when they were underage.
During closing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Luster told the jury that Summers had manipulated the victim, as well as the victim’s older sister, and his attempts to blame others for his conduct should fall on deaf ears, as he needed to be held responsible for his conduct.
The FBI and Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Valeria G. Luster and Steven J. Briden are prosecuting the case.
Updated March 24, 2023
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