Man Accused of Sex Crimes Not Competent to Stand Trial

A 28-year old Door County man will not stand trial on two sex-related charges, at least not for the time being. Judge David Weber ruled that Duryea Johnson of Sturgeon Bay was not competent to stand trial and instead ordered him to be evaluated at a state mental health facility. The judge based his decision on a report compiled by a doctor who concluded that the city man was not competent to participate in his own defense on charges of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and causing a child to view sex activity. Johnson was arrested in June as part of an internet sting conducted by local police. An officer posed as a 15-year old boy and Johnson allegedly set up a meeting at a city park. Instead, he was greeted by police and taken into custody. In handing down his ruling, Judge Weber indicated that Johnson will likely be competent to stand trial within a year. With that in mind, a competency hearing was set for December 19th at 1:30PM.

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