The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

March 5, 2014

UPDATE: Boutwell found guilty of sex abuse, exploitation charges

Clinton man charged with 67 counts

CLINTON — A Clinton man has been convicted of 67 counts connected with the sexual abuse and exploitation of a little girl.

The jury deliberated for approximately an hour and a half Wednesday afternoon before finding Jason Boutwell, 33, guilty of seven charges of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, and 60 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, production, a Class C felony. His sentencing is set for 9 a.m. April 10.

The State maintained throughout the trial, which began Monday, that between February 2006 and January 2012, the defendant engaged in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 at least seven times and that he had the victim engage in sex acts or pose nude or provocatively for the purpose of being photographed.

“Her relationship with Jason Boutwell was one of trust, one of thinking of him as a father,” Assistant Clinton County Attorney Ross Barlow said in his closing statement. “The reality was that he was using (the victim’s) trust to abuse her.”

More than 60 contraband photos discovered on a computer used by Boutwell were entered into evidence Tuesday and the 12-year-old victim testified about the abuse she sustained at the hand of Boutwell. She identified each of the photographs as featuring herself and told the court that Boutwell is the other person in many of the photos.

Wednesday morning, Boutwell took the stand and denied that he sexually abused and photographed his former girlfriend’s daughter, who at one time called him Dad. His attorney, Bruce Ingham, asked Boutwell why the victim identified him as her abuser in court Thursday if he was not guilty.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” Boutwell said.

Boutwell told the court that he considered the girl his daughter and tried to treat her the same as the two sons he has with her mother. He spent time with her and drove her to school. He also created a decorative door trim for her bedroom, much like he did for her brothers.

Text Only
Top News
  • Fist bump photo Study: Fist bumps less germy than handshakes

    When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sharknado.jpg Sharknado 2 set to attack viewers tonight

    In the face of another "Sharknado" TV movie (the even-more-inane "Sharknado 2: The Second One," premiering Wednesday night on Syfy), there isn't much for a critic to say except to echo what the characters themselves so frequently scream when confronted by a great white shark spinning toward them in a funnel cloud:
    "LOOK OUT!!"

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rodden, Danny.jpg Indiana sheriff accused of lying about relationship with prostitute

    The sheriff of Clark County, Ind., faces an eight-count federal indictment that accuses him of lying about paying a prostitute for a sex act and giving her a badge so that she could claim a discount rate at a hotel.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clinton judge hears motion to suppress in drug case

    District Court Judge Stuart Werling will consider a motion of suppression against a warrant that led to the arrest of a Clinton man on drug charges.

    July 30, 2014

  • David Johnson Clinton grad, NDSU picked to lead MVC

     David Johnson, the former Clinton High standout now entering his senior season at the University of Northern Iowa, was named to the preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first team that was announced Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • School supplies offered at events

    With students going back to school soon, Clinton families will have two opportunities to receive free back-to-school supplies.

    July 30, 2014

  • Showboat follies Iafrate set to leave Showboat Theatre

    As the summer season nears its end, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre on Tuesday honored the past and said hello to the future.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sidewinders photo Debating decibels: Finally Fridays, Showboat at odds over concert volume

    Two events will take center stage at the riverfront Friday. And if it’s anything like the last time these entities shared the same evening, both crowds may want to take note of the decibel levels coming from the bandshell.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • wd saturday tobias .jpg Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran

    Vietnam War veteran David A. Tobias was overwhelmed recently when a fellow customer at an OfficeMax store near Ashtabula, Ohio paid for a computer he was purchasing.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140727-AMX-GUNS271.jpg Beretta, other gun makers heading to friendlier states

    In moving south and taking 160 jobs with it, Beretta joins several other prominent gunmakers abandoning liberal states that passed tough gun laws after the Newtown shooting.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video