An Atlantic City man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in 2018.

Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill says 24-year-old Deandre Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated sexual assault on Tuesday. During the plea hearing, "Johnson admitted to performing a sexual act on the boy in December 2018," according to a press release.

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Shill's office says Johnson must serve an entire 15-year sentence in state prison without the possibility of parole. He must also register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and he will be under parole supervision for the rest of his life.

Johnson has been held in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility since January 2019.

NJ arrests 31 accused child predators in "Operation 24/7"

A roundup of 31 men have been accused of sexually exploiting children online, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced on July 14 while detailing "Operation 24/7."

The suspects “possessed and or distributed videos and images of child sexual abuse, including in many cases videos of young children being raped by adults,” Grewal said.

Chat apps and gaming platforms remain favorite hunting grounds for child predators and even as the pandemic winds down, many children have continued to spend more time online.

State Police received 39% more tips in just the first 6 months of 2021 than they received in the entire year in 2019. The following are suspects charged in "Operation 24/7."

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