US Army partners with Iowa Central Police in sexual abuse investigation

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A man from Iowa sentenced to 48 months in prison in November 2020 for assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in Iowa was also sentenced to an additional 76 months in federal prison after admitting to committing sexual crimes against a minor in Georgia.

In 2015 Jason L. Adkins, 46, of Swan, about 15 miles southeast of Des Moines, moved to Iowa after retiring from the military. He had been stationed at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Georgia, before his retirement.

In May 2019, two minors in Iowa reported that Adkins repeatedly touched and fondled them, starting in 2015. The victims were under 13 when the abuse began.

Court records show Adkins pleaded Alford, claiming his innocence but acknowledging that prosecutors likely had strong enough evidence to convict and wishing to take advantage of a plea deal rather than go to trial, in September 2020.

Adkins committed more crimes in Georgia

The Altoona Police Department, which led the investigation in Iowa, contacted the Army’s Criminal Investigations Command in 2019 to report Adkin’s arrest on child sex crimes charges.

The ensuing investigation determined that Adkins had committed similar offenses in Georgia.

David H. Estes, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, said in a news release that Adkins pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a child under 12.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. also ordered Adkins to serve 15 years of supervised release after his prison sentence ended. The Iowa Sentence had already determined that Adkins would be registered as a sex offender for life.

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There is no parole in the federal system, and Moore decided that Adkins’ federal sentence would be consecutive to his state sentence.

“Through the hard work of law enforcement and education professionals, Jason Adkins has been brought to justice for his depraved actions,” Estes said in the statement. “We will be relentless to protect our most vulnerable citizens.”

“Army CID Special Agents work tirelessly to ensure that those who commit the heinous crime of child sexual assault are held accountable,” said Gregory Ford, Director of the Criminal Investigations Division of the U.S. Army, in the statement. “This conviction reflects the steadfast relationships CID has with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners across the country. I would like to thank the Altoona Police Department for their dedication to this complex investigation.

In addition to being investigated by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Altoona Police Department, the case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcela C. Mateo and Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney Darron Hubbard.

Anyone with information about suspected cases of child sexual exploitation can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 or report.cybertip.org.

Teresa Kay Albertson covers the southern suburbs of Des Moines for the Register and the Indianola Record-Herald. Contact her at [email protected] or 515-419-6098.

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