Sunday, June 21, 2009

Kenneth Jarrett - Repeat Sex Offender - Compulsively perverted

A 22-year-old Janesville man was sentenced to 25 years in prison and 20 years extended supervision on Wednesday in connection with a 2007 sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

In April, Kenneth Jarrett agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of armed robbery.

The assault occurred at Monterey Park following a high school football game.

Deputy District Attorney Perry Folts outlined to the court Jarrett's extensive criminal record at the sentencing hearing Wednesday.
Jarrett entered the juvenile justice system at age 7 and had been convicted of 23 crimes as an adult.

"He'll be 23 years old I believe in October of this year, (and) 16 of those years he's spent terrorizing our community, frankly," said Folts.

Jarrett has been on probation five times and violated each one.
The prosecution was asking for the maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for Jarrett.
"He gets mad at somebody, and he takes it out on somebody else. That's what he claims happened in this incident," said Folts.
Neither victim was in court. Their families said they still can't face the man responsible for the crimes and family members spoke on their behalf at sentencing.

"What this man did to my boy and his girlfriend and to our families is not right. How do we as parents try to explain these things to our 13-year-old children?" said one relative.

Prosecutors said Jarrett approached the victims, threatened them with a knife, robbed them, and told the boy to leave before assaulting the girl in Monterey Park.

Jarrett and his attorney said his upbringing, which included severe physical abuse, is to blame for his actions.

"He was only 20 at the time of the offense. He is not beyond help. He is not beyond rehabilitation," said Joshua Klaff, Jarrett's attorney.

"I'd just like to say that I'm not no bad person, OK? People that have said I have potential and everything. I just have to apply it," said Jarrett.

Judge James Daley made the final decision, sentencing Jarrett to 25 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision.
"You're responsible, and I cannot avoid the fact that while you've had a terrible youth, you've had a terrible effect on the people around you and in this community," said Daley.

"I think that the victims deserved more," said Folts of the sentence.
The sentence will begin after Jarrett completes serving time for a probation violation.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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