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Johnson convicted of cocaine charge

A former downtown Hudson bar owner has been convicted of a felony drug charge in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Jeffrey T. Johnson, 45, Eau Claire, pleaded no contest Friday to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. Judge Eric J. Lundell ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Johnson was charged following the investigation of a sexual assault complaint by a 15-year-old Hudson High School student. She filed the complaint Sept. 12 and claimed the incident with Johnson happened at about 6:45 a.m. Aug. 4, 2007, during an all-night party at her father's house in Hudson.

Johnson previously had an interest in several downtown Hudson businesses including the Twisted Grille.

Additional felony charges of second-degree sexual assault of a child and delivery of cocaine against Johnson were dismissed July 31 in a plea agreement. Court records included an audit report for the Twisted Grille's cash registers that showed he clocked into the restaurant at 5:37 a.m. Aug. 4.

The maximum penalty for felony possession of cocaine is a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison.

Johnson filed a change of address in February, notifying the court he moved from Hudson to Eau Claire.