A Lincoln County Superior Court jury found a Lincolnton man guilty in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in 2019. 56-year-old Johnny Ray Izard, Sr. was found guilty of second-degree forcible sex offense and crime against nature and received a minimum prison sentence of close to eight years. He was charged in connection to an incident at a residence on Buck Oak Road in Lincolnton on September 9, 2019.
The lead investigator on the case said that Izard performed sex acts on a helpless sleeping victim during the incident. Superior Court Judge Athena Brooks sentenced Izard to 94 to 173 months (seven years, ten months to 14 years, five months) in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Izard was taken into custody was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center pending his transfer to the state system.
Izard is a repeat offender having pleaded guilty to indecent liberties with a minor in 2012.