A 21-year-old Beatrice man will serve time in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he lured using the social networking website Facebook.
Jarod Stream was sentenced Wednesday to three-to-five years in prison for sexual assault of a child and for enticing a child by electronic means.
Gage County Attorney Roger Harris says the evidence in the case is clear.
“According to the Facebook logs, she indicated her age to the defendant as being 13,” Harris says. “There’s no question, he knew she was 13 years old and he chose to have sex with her after the communication on the computer, through Facebook.”
Defense attorney Darrin Knepper sought a sentence of just probation for Stream, partly based on his young age and lack of criminal background.
Knepper says, “The probation office has found him to be a low-risk candidate. He has strong family support in the area. Mr. Stream believes he will be gainfully employed. He has given his full cooperation to authorities since the beginning of this case and he understands the gravity of his offenses.”
Police gathered and reviewed 75 pages of Facebook communications between the defendant and his victim.
Stream said in court he regretted what he did and felt bad for the victim and her family, saying he had just been selfish. Stream could become eligible for parole in about 24 months.
He’ll be required to register as a sex offender for a 25-year period.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice