Judge Nicolas Cartwright, in sentencing Johnson, praised the boy for being courageous in managing to fight off his attacker – but stressed that the child would have been terrified.
The judge said he took into account that Johnson had a loss of self control due to his depression, and that there was ultimately no physical harm to the boy.
Judge Cartwright gave Johnson a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for a year. He was also given a community order with 40 days of rehabilitation activities.
Johnson, of West Malvern Road, was also given a restraining order for five years, and ordered to pay £140 costs.