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Assault suspect waives hearing

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Gazette Staff
October 19, 2007

Kenneth W. Jarrett, accused of robbing a teenage Janesville couple Sept. 28 and raping the girl, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in a teleconference court hearing from the Rock County Jail.


Jarrett, 20, no fixed address, is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of armed robbery. He did not enter a plea Thursday.


His next court appearance is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday.


Jarrett’s $150,000 cash bond was left standing: $50,000 on each of the armed robbery charges and $25,000 on each of the sexual assault charges.


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


The Janesville teens—both 14—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, according to the criminal complaint against Jarrett.


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



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