Aurora’s Beach gets five years behind bars for sodomy, domestic assault

By: 
Steve Chapman

Johnathan Beach

Repeated abuse leads to years-long sentence for sex offender
An Aurora man will spend time in prison for sexually assaulting and strangling a woman. Johnathan Beach, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree sodomy and domestic assault on Thursday, April 14, and was sentenced to five years for each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.
Beach was originally facing charges of first-degree sodomy, kidnapping, two counts of second-degree domestic assault and violation of an order of protection for an adult. Under a plea agreement, the count of first-degree sodomy charge was amended to second-degree sodomy, and all of the other charges except for one count of domestic assault were dismissed.
The first incident
The charges stem from two separate cases. According to the probable cause statement in the first case, an Aurora-Marionville police officer performed a well-being check at an Aurora residence on Dec. 12, 2018. The officer spoke with the victim, a woman, who told the officer that Beach became angry and strangled her during an argument about financial issues. The woman told the officer that she lost consciousness a few times while Beach was strangling her. While speaking with the officer, the woman also said that her throat hurt and she could barely speak.
The officer later spoke with Beach who, in a post-Miranda interview, admitted to strangling the woman.
Beach was taken into custody, but released on Dec. 26, 2018 on a $5,000 surety bond. That bond was revoked following a second incident on May 28, 2019.
The second incident
In the second incident, a witness contacted the Aurora-Marionville department to report that a woman—the same victim in the first incident—was being assaulted by Beach. Officers were dispatched to the residence, but when the victim started to open the door to let one of them in, Beach yelled, “Don’t open the door” at her, and she abruptly closed the door.
One of the officers spoke with a witness who said Beach pulled the victim into the residence by her hair. Believing the victim was being held against her will and was in danger, the officer forcefully entered the residence, where they found Beach sitting on a bed in the front living room, while the victim was sitting on the floor directly in front of him. Beach was taken into custody without incident.
Sorting out what happened
Afterwards, the victim told the officers that she had been speaking with her daughter on Beach’s cellphone when Beach forced her into the house by grabbing her hair; she also said he’d bitten her in several places.
An officer asked the victim about an order of protection she’d obtained against Beach; she said she’d obtained the protection order because of his assaulting her in the past. She also said Beach had been nice lately, so she continued the relationship, and that he only hurt her when she talked about leaving, adding that Beach had hidden her shoes to prevent her from leaving.
Later, it was disclosed that Beach had forcibly sodomized the victim. She told the investigating officer later that after Beach forced her back into the house, he threw her onto the bed and removed her pants. She said “No!” loudly, hoping a neighbor would hear her. She said she tried to crawl off the bed, but Beach pulled her back and sexually assaulted her.
The victim also reported that Beach had a history of domestic abuse, and had blackened both of her eyes while they were living in Buffalo.
In a post-Miranda interview, Beach said he and the victim had been arguing, but denied assaulting her and claimed he’d grabbed the victim by the shoulders to force her into the house. He also denied sexually assaulting her, claiming they’d had consensual intercourse. He admitted that he had assaulted the victim in the past, including blackening her eyes.
As of press time, Beach was being held at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center. He will be required to register as a sex offender after he is released from prison.
 

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