AUGUSTA –– A jury has found Jared Jandreau guilty on all counts of sex crimes against a child under the age of 14.
Jandreau was charged with five counts of unlawful sexual contact, one count of sexual solicitation for gross sexual assault, and 17 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
“What is unusual about this as charged is the way that the state is alleging this happened, in other words, they are alleging that our client committed sexual exploitation of a minor by using the minor’s mother, even though he never himself ever had contact with the minor, he never spoke to her or met with her at all,” said Tim Zerillo, defense attorney.
The prosecution declined to comment, but Jandreau’s defense attorney maintained his client’s innocence.
“Words alone should not be enough to get someone thrown in prison that idea alone shouldn’t be enough to be thrown in jail, and that is essentially what the government is trying to do in this case,” said Darrick X. Banda, defense attorney.
During testimony, Jandreau’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Cox admitted she is the woman who took photos of the child under 12 years old and sent them to Jared Jandreau. Prosecutors said text messages were evidence Jandreau persuaded Cox to send him sexually explicit messages.
“She is the one that came in and admitted responsibility to committing these crimes but is the person that preys on that vulnerable person to create the pornography, the sexually explicit material, are they responsible, or is it only the person who clicks the camera,” said Paul Rucha, assistant attorney general.
Jandreau’s attorney said he saw the relationship with Cox as nothing more than fantasy. The state said Jandreau took advantage of Cox and requesting the photos of the young child, played a role in extortion of the girl.
“It may seem silly to have spent a large time of the trial talking about emojis, but the fact remains is that there is data there is content missing from these texts around which the state has built its case,” said Banda.
The jury deliberated for roughly two and a half hours before finding Jandreau guilty of all counts. A sentencing date has not been set.