Sentencing hearings on sexual assault cases in Cass County District Court. Both 20-year–old men had originally faced Class II Felonies of first degree sexual assault but entered guilty pleas on lesser counts.
Ryan J. Jensen of Ashland had pled guilty to attempted first degree sexual assault of a child (age 12 to 15), a Class IIIA Felony. District Judge Randall Rehmeier followed the joint recommendation of the prosecution and the defense of a probationary sentence with six months up-front jail time. (Jail time can be given as part of a probation sentence.) One stipulation of the probation is that Jensen not have any contact with the female victim. He was required to enter his name on the state sex offender registry.
The incident occurred in Greenwood in March of this year.
Victor M. Kent of Council Bluffs had pled guilty to child abuse, a Class I Misdemeanor. Both the prosecution and defense recommended probation. The judge agreed and set the term at 24 months. Kent also must enter his name on the state’s sex offender registry.
The Cassgram reports Deputy Cass County Attorney Rick Fedde said Kent had an ongoing sexual relationship with the then-15-year-old girl before an incident at the Louisville Lakes State Recreation Area just after he turned 19 years old on June 2nd of 2009. A baby was born as a result of that encounter, he said.
The girl’s parents later notified authorities when they became concerned Kent may try to shirk his responsibility as the father, but Kent has been assisting with the child.
Deputy Public Defender Julie Bear commented on the “unusual circumstances” this situation presented: One day Kent was not committing a crime by having the sexual relationship with the girl, but once he turned 19 it “morphed its way into being illegal.”