Rockford Scanner™: Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford man for a sexual assault that happened at Auburn High School

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford man for a sexual assault that happened at Auburn High School in 2013.

James Smith Johnson Mug

On March 15th, 2013, a female student reported to the Auburn High School nurse that she had been sexually assaulted by another student inside the school.

Rockford Police Detectives conducted a follow up investigation and the defendant, James N. Smith Johnson (D.O.B. 6/9/1996) was developed as a suspect. The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized against Smith Johnson.

On April 16th, 2019, a warrant was issued for the defendant and he was arrested and booked in to the Winnebago County Jail on $100,000 bond. Smith Johnson was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on Criminal Sexual Assault charges.

Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Smith Johnson is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 9:00am on April 25th, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Brendan Maher in Courtroom D at the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Man Arrested For Allegedly Having Sexual Contact With A Minor

Email your tips and photo to us at


On October 12, 2018, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department reported to Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives that they had made an arrest on October 11, 2018 regarding a 39 year old male having sexual contact with a juvenile female.

It was learned through their investigation that incidents had also occurred while in Winnebago County at a residence in the 1200 block of Blue Ridge Ave. in unincorporated Rockford between June 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office investigated the matter further and additional charges were authorized.

An arrest warrant was obtained by Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives on January 4, 2019 at which time Detectives located, arrested and lodged the following person on the listed charges:

~Douglas A. Valentine 12/11/78 of Rockford

-Criminal Sexual Assault/Supervisory (victim 13-18 years of age)
-Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (> 5 years older than victim) 2 counts

If anyone has additional information regarding these incidents or similar incidents, please call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department at 815-319-6400.

The charges against Valentine are merely accusations and he is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Advertise on Rockford ScannerSupport Rockford Scanner, Visit our Sponsors, Frequently Asked Questions, About Us, FOIA, Listen to the police scanner, Send us tips