Joshua Jarrett - December 20, 2016
Joshua Jarrett, 39, of Masonville, Iowa, (formerly of Winthrop) was sentenced to serve a prison term of 35 years in the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County on December 20, 2016.
On October 25, 2016, a Buchanan County jury found Jarrett guilty Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree and Avoidance of Prosecution. 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.
Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree carries a prison sentence of 25 years with a mandatory minimum sentence of 17 ½ years before being eligible for parole; Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree carries a prison sentence of 10 years; Avoidance of Prosecution carries a prison sentence of up to 5 years.
At the outset of the sentencing hearing on December 20, 2016, Jarrett unsuccessfully argued for a new trial. Prosecutors requested the prison terms on each charge run consecutive for a total of 40 years. Jarrett requested the prison terms on each charge run concurrent for a total of 25 years. District Court Judge Bradley Harris ordered the second and third degree sexual abuse sentences to run consecutive to each other but concurrent with the avoidance of prosecution sentence for a total of 35 years with a mandatory minimum of 17 ½ years before parole eligibility.
Following completion of his prison sentence, Jarrett will be on the sex offender registry for life and remain under supervision as if on parole for the rest of his life. He will also be required to pay various civil penalties, submit a physical specimen for DNA profiling and complete sex offender treatment.
See official Buchanan County Attorney's Office Press Release.