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Man accused of raping, strangling woman found fit for trial

Christopher Rashad Johnson (Courtesy VPRJ)

A mental health professional has determined a 30-year-old man accused of strangling and raping a woman on a dead-end road in James City County was sane at the time of the alleged offense.

Christopher Rashad Johnson, of the 700 block of Croaker Road, meets the requirements to stand trial for charges of strangulation resulting in injury and rape, prosecutors said Thursday morning in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Doctor Kevin McWilliams, of the Williamsburg Psychology Center, conducted the evaluation, prosecutors said.

While in court, attorneys set Johnson’s preliminary hearing date for Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m. in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim has previously dated Johnson, and agreed to meet with him in Williamsburg on Aug. 17. They went to a laundromat, Cook Out drive-thru and the Norge Farm Fresh, where they bought Black & Mild cigars and alcohol.

After going to the Farm Fresh, Johnson had the victim drive to the end of Cokes Lane, where they kissed. The victim allowed him to kiss her, but said she did not want to have sex with him when he asked her, the criminal complaint said.

The complaint continues, saying Johnson proceeded to choke the victim until she became lightheaded. He then punched her in the left cheek, which stunned her, and turned her over and raped her, the criminal complaint states.

The victim had a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner examination done at Riverside Doctor’s Hospital after the incident, according to court records.

The hospital contacted the James City County Police Department around 2:15 a.m. Aug. 18, JCC Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams told WYDaily in August.

Johnson is currently in custody at Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Fearing can be reached at 207-975-5459.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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