Inside The Mind Of A Sex Offender

An Omaha man admits to sexually assaulting children. A doctor who treats sex offenders explains how can this happen.

Jonathan Johnson was arrested on four counts of first-degree sexual assault involving four children. "I had sex with a child and it's wrong."

The 32-year-old Johnson admits to three of the charges involving children ranging in age from 11 to 15 over the course of a year in a south Omaha neighborhood.

He claims it was the children who initiated all of the encounters. "One came on to me and I'm sure the others just did it because they're curious.”

Johnson faces life in prison. "People will make their judgments and most likely they will make the one that makes me out to be a big monster. I don't think I'm a monster.”

After watching Monday's jailhouse interview with Johnson, Channel 6 News asked psychiatrist Dr. James Sorrell at the Nebraska Medical Center to take us inside the mind of a man who has sex with children.

"I always knew there was something that drew me closer to children,” said Johnson. "I don't know right now why it's wrong, that's what's wrong with me. I thought everybody loved me.”

"Fortunately pedophilia is rare," says Dr. Sorrell. "The broader problem is that people do unfortunately, where they should be protecting children they are having sex with them."

Dr. Sorrell can't comment on Johnson specifically having never met him. We also showed him the Web site that put Johnson on law enforcement radar after allegedly posting entries regarding 17 different illegal encounters with three different boys.

"The perversion is to share it, to either post pictures and to view others people's pictures, so there unfortunately can even be communities of people sharing the same fantasies and desires."

In one post, Johnson describes a 13-year old as being the most perverted boy he knows, adding I can't even begin to disclose the things this kid has done. He also claims to seeing them naked, taking showers with them and sleeping with them in their beds.

What is more concerning is what Johnson and others who use the Web site, may not be disclosing. "They are also concerned about what the impact of disclosure is going to have on them legally," says Dr. Sorrell.

"As a rule they tend to be not very forthcoming. Treatment of that is very difficult and generally unsuccessful."

Again, Dr. Sorrell was commenting on pedophiles in general and cannot say without evaluation whether Johnson fits the definition of a sex offender.