- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - A former Connecticut equestrian coach who was convicted in 2001 of molesting a riding student has been sentenced to prison for violating his probation by teaching children at his new school in Missouri.

The Hartford Courant reports (https://bit.ly/290ELH8 ) Robert Johnson was sentenced Tuesday in Middletown Superior Court to 25 months behind bars.

Authorities arrested Johnson last June after the mother of a 12-year-old female student at Johnson’s riding school in Miller, Missouri, told them Johnson was teaching children. The 59-year-old Johnson is prohibited from doing so under the terms of his probation.

Johnson was first arrested in Portland in 1999 on charges he fondled a 14-year-old female student. He was sentenced to nine months in prison followed by 10 years’ probation.

Authorities say Johnson had violated probation several times before.


Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com

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