Man who hid children from the world convicted of child endangerment
A judge has found a York County man guilty of five counts of child endangerment.
The man was at the center of the hidden children case
Sinhue Johnson and his wife were accused of essentially keeping their kids locked away, never getting them birth certificates or social security numbers.
The judge agreed, but Johnson will not go back to prison.
Sinhue Johnson and his common law wife Louann Bowers were arrested in 2010.
Their five children were placed in foster care and a sixth child was born while Bowers in prison.
Prosecutors alleged Johnson endangered his children by failing to take them to the doctors, forcing them to live in deplorable conditions in a rundown building on South Duke Street.
The children were never enrolled in school.
Johnson has maintained his innocence, saying it was their right to raise their children the way they wanted to. He argued on stand that there is no law saying children must be given social security numbers or birth certificates.
Johnson will not go back to prison; he served two and a half years while waiting for trial.
His attorney says Johnson disagrees with the verdict because he believes his children were never in danger.
Louann Bowers had previously entered a no contest plea.
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