LOGAN — After 31 years, Jared Martindale was sentenced for molesting two young girls when he was a teenager. Judge Brian Cannell expressed disgust with the 45-year-old Logan man and said what he did was horrific and had lasting impacts.
Martindale was sentenced in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He previously accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to sexual battery and attempted sexual battery. As part of the deal, attorneys agreed to lower the charges from felonies to misdemeanors because they were committed when the defendant was a juvenile.
According to the indictment, the crimes took place in 1988, when Martindale would have been around 15-years-old. The alleged victims were acquaintances, both under the age of 13.
Previously, Martindale’s defense attorney Wayne Caldwell questioned how the case was being tried in adult court, when the crimes occurred when Martindale was a juvenile. He said if the case was filed in 1988, it would have resulted in a possible sentence of therapy and counseling, instead of prison and a life time on the sex-offender registry.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, one of the women Martindale abused, talked about the nightmares she had carried for 31 years. She explained how the defendant molested her repeatedly when she was around 8-years-old. He would also rape her, while taking showers with her.
Speaking to Martindale, the victim tearfully described how the abuse had left more than just physical damage. She explained how she battled feelings of unworthiness, and still felt violated as the memories of the abuse was relived.
The victim called Martindale a predator and child molester. She said, “Today, I’m stepping out of hell and letting you take my place.”
Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray praised the victim for her courage and said he understood the difficulty of the case since it occurred in 1988. He asked the court to order the defendant to pay for the victim’s counseling and complete sex-offender therapy.
Martindale told the court he hoped everyone could move on. He said he was sorry for his actions, but refused to answer whether the victim was telling the truth.
Judge Cannell said he believed the victim. He told Martindale that he hadn’t owned up to what he did, explaining that stealing someone’s virtue was one of the worst crimes that could be committed. He ordered the defendant to serve 160 days in prison, and gave him credit for the time already served, since the charges were filed.
In April 2017, Martindale was sentenced to prison for threatening his ex-wife. The woman claimed that during their 20-years of marriage, he had abused her physically and emotionally. She described how he had threatened to kill her, cut her into little pieces and put her in a suitcase, so no one would find her.
Two years later, Martindale was placed back in prison for violating his parole, when the sexual abuse case was filed. The state parole board will now determine when he is released.