Suspect charged in rape, robbery

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Mike DuPre'
Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Prosecutors filed two counts of first-degree sexual assault Monday against the man accused of robbing a teenage Janesville couple Sept. 28 and raping the girl.

Two counts were filed against Kenneth D. Jarrett, 20, no fixed address, because he assaulted the 14-year-old girl in two different ways, Deputy District Attorney Perry Folts said after Jarrett’s initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

Besides the two counts of first-degree sexual assault, Jarrett was charged with two counts of armed robbery stemming from the robbery at knifepoint of the girl and her 14-year-old boyfriend.

A cash bond was set at $150,000—$50,000 on each of the armed robbery charges and $25,000 on each of the sexual assault charges. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.

Jarrett remained in custody at the Rock County Jail this morning.

In arguing for the high cash bond, Folts told the court that Jarrett has a juvenile adjudication for sexual assault of a child because of an incident in Janesville in April 1999, when Jarrett was 12.

He committed the assault on a 7- or 8-year-old girl who was a stranger to him, Folts said.

That crime is similar to the attacks on the Janesville teens because Jarrett and the teens did not know each other.

The rape-robbery case has made headlines not just because of what Janesville police described as a rare stranger-on-stranger crime in the city but because police initially arrested the wrong man.

The criminal complaint against Jarrett described the attacks the same way the police did:

The 14-year-olds were walking near Wilson Elementary School on the edge of Monterey Park on Friday night, Sept. 28, when a man approached them and brandished a knife. The man told them to walk toward the school parking lot and demanded their money.

After the teens gave the man their money, he threatened the boy with the knife and told him he had to walk away. The girl said the man then threw her on the ground and assaulted her two different ways, according to the criminal complaint.

The boy told investigators that when he looked back, he saw the man trying to pull down the girl’s pants. He then ran to find a phone to call 911, according to the complaint.

The girl picked Jarrett out of a photo lineup as the man who had raped and robbed her, and the boy viewed a photo array and told police he was 90 percent certain that Jarrett was the man who had robbed him and sexually assaulted his girlfriend, according to the complaint.

In addition, a Janesville detective said that the State Crime Laboratory’s analysis of DNA from the crime matched the Jarrett’s DNA profile, the complaint states.

Last updated: 9:05 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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