AUGUSTA — A China man charged with more than 20 counts of sexual crimes against children went on trial Monday.
Jared Jandreau sat in the defendant’s chair as lawyers on both sides presented their opening statements in his trial.
“Just because you see and hear evidence presented from the government doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to accept it,” said Darrick X. Banda.
He is charged with 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, five counts of unlawful sexual contact, and one count of gross sexual assault with a victim under the age of 14.
Court records indicate the alleged incidents happened in Kennebec County between August 2 and August 20, 2017. Assistant Attorney General Paul Rucha said he knew it would be difficult for the jury to listen to the details. Jandreau’s Defense Attorney disagreed.
“It is undisputed in this case that Jared Jandreau never even met M.L., never even spoke to M.L.,” said Banda.
State Police Special Agent David Armstrong said he found the photos of the young girl while working on another case with Jandreau in 2017. Jandreau is accused of asking his then-girlfriend Jessica cox in august 2017 for photos of the young child.
She pleaded guilty to charges in connection with this case and was sentenced to five years in prison in June. Cox is expected to testify on Tuesday.