GONZALES — An Ascension Parish man faces 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting a child and to punching a fellow inmate in the face nearly a year after his initial incarceration on the molestation charge.

Tyler Johnson, 19, admitted to inappropriately touching a girl in December 2017 and to punching a fellow parish jail inmate last October during an argument over what was playing on the television, prosecutors in Ascension said in a statement. 

Johnson, 8311 Pelican Crossing Drive, Gonzales, agreed to plead guilty in a deal with prosecutors that cut his sentence from 25 years to 12 years. He'll also be on probation for five years  after his release and will have to register as a sex offender, prosecutors said.

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