Man pleads guilty to 2007 robbery, rape

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Ted Sullivan
Stacy Vogel
Saturday, April 4, 2009
— Prosecutors will recommend 40 years in prison for a Janesville man who pleaded guilty Friday to a 2007 attack in Monterey Park.

Kenneth D. Jarrett, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of armed robbery. The Friday plea change came three days before his trial was scheduled to start.

Jarrett admitted robbing a teenage Janesville couple and raping the girl the night of Sept. 28, 2007.

As part of the plea agreement, Deputy District Attorney Perry Folts can recommend up to the maximum sentence on one of the sexual assault charges: 40 years prison and 20 years extended supervision. The defense and prosecution will recommend consecutive probation terms for the remaining three charges.

Folts said the plea agreement punishes the attacker and allows the victims to avoid testifying and reliving the attack.

“Under these circumstances, justice will be served,” he said.

Jarrett’s sentencing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17.

According to court documents:

The two 14-year-old Janesville teens were walking near Wilson Elementary School on the edge of Monterey Park when a man with a knife approached them.

The man told them to walk toward the school parking lot and demanded money.

After the teens gave the man their money, he threatened the boy and told him to walk away.

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

The girl said the man threw her on the ground and assaulted her two different ways.

The day after the assault, police arrested a different Janesville man who owned a jacket and smoked a brand of cigarettes left at the scene. Other evidence also pointed to him as a suspect. He later was released.

The girl then picked Jarrett out of a photo lineup as the man who had raped and robbed her.

After looking at photos, the boy told police he was 90 percent certain Jarrett was the man who had robbed him and assaulted his girlfriend.

A police detective also said crime-scene DNA matched Jarrett’s DNA profile.

When he was 12, Jarrett was convicted in juvenile court of sexually assaulting a child.

He committed the assault on a 7- or 8-year-old girl who was a stranger, a prosecutor said at a previous court hearing.

Jarrett remains in the Rock County Jail on a $150,000 cash bond.

Last updated: 10:15 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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