Joshua Jarrett, 39, of Masonville, Iowa, (formerly of Winthrop) was found guilty of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree and Avoidance of Prosecution by a Buchanan County jury on October 25, 2016.
The Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree charge arose from Jarrett committing sexual abuse on a child under the age of twelve on or between February 1, 2002 and February 19, 2008. The Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree charge arose from Jarrett committing sexual abuse on a child twelve or thirteen years of age on or between February 20, 2008 and February 19, 2010. The victim to both offenses, now an adult, testified Jarrett began sexually abusing her when she was six years of age and the abuse continued for eight years.
The Avoidance of Prosecution charge arose from Jarrett fleeing the State upon learning that the victim had reported the sexual abuse to law enforcement in August 2014. Jarrett was eventually apprehended in Texas in March 2015.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for November 29, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. On the Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree conviction Jarrett faces a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years and must serve 17 ½ years before being eligible for parole. On the Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree conviction he faces a mandatory prison sentence of 10 years. On the Avoidance of Prosecution conviction he faces a prison sentence of up to 5 years. Following completion of a prison sentence, Jarrett will remain under supervision as if on parole for the rest of his life and be placed on the sex offender registry. He will also be required to pay a sex offender registry civil penalty of $250.00 and sex offender registry fee of $25.00, submit a physical specimen for DNA profiling and complete sex offender treatment.
Note: Criminal charges may be filed against a perpetrator of child sexual abuse up to ten years after the victim turns 18 years of age, or if the identity of the perpetrator is unknown then three years after DNA establishes the identity, whichever is later.
See official Buchanan County Attorney's Office Press Release.