Macintosh N. Johnson, who has been accused of having sexual relations with ten students, ages 12 to 16, appeared at the Monrovia City Court Tuesday afternoon, June 24, to face rape charges.
The students were attending the “More Than Me” Academy, an American-run free education program, in the deprived community of West Point, in Monrovia.
After Tuesday’s brief court hearing, defendant Johnson was remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, to await his trial, because the crime is a non-bailable offense under the New Criminal Law.
The document that brought him under the jurisdiction of the court said that from 2009 to 2014, Johnson recruited the victims into a scholarship program sponsored by the Academy.
The students, in their complaints, alleged that during and after the recruitment process, defendant Johnson had sexual relations with them, particularly, on the school’s Ashmun Street Compound.
The victims further alleged that he also had sex with them in an unfinished building on a beach in the West Point Community.
According to court records, the students claimed that Johnson took advantage of the school’s free education program to use them as sex slaves.
They said, he warned them not to tell anyone, threatening to drop them from the scholarship if they did.
The victims also claimed that the threat prevented them from speaking out or telling anyone about the abuse.
The court records went on to say that the act was discovered by one of the nurses, Iris K. Martor of the Academy.
The nurse discovered the practice, the document said, after she had provided medical treatment to a female student, who had complained of severe stomach pain.
It was during the examination that Madam Martor suspected the symptom of Sexual Transmittal Infection (STI).
When the victim was approached about the STI, she named Johnson, as the one who has had sexual relationship with her and the other victims.
She also explained that on numerous occasions, defendant Johnson had forced her and other students to have sexed with him, and that they had to submit to his request because of fear that they would be dropped from the scholarship.
However, police alleged that during preliminary investigation, defendant Johnson denied the allegation of having sexual relationship with any of the victims.
At that investigation, Police quoted Johnson as later saying, “The students entered his room on many occasions, sometimes they sleep in his room with Katie.”
Katie Meyler is an American citizen and founder of More Than Me Academy.