Taggart sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex abuse

Chief Staff Report
Jesse Donovan Taggart of West Des Moines was arrested by the Perry Police Department for sex crimes. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY THE PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Jesse Taggart, formerly of Perry, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for lascivious acts with a child after a negotiated, voluntary plea. Judge Richard B. Clogg presided over the sentencing.

According to court documents, Taggart must submit a DNA sample and register on the sex offender registry.

Additionally, he will have to pay a to-be-determined amount in restitution to the victim, the no-contact order against him was extended to five years, until 2022 and he will also be forced to pay a civil penalty of $250.

Taggart was arrested by the Perry Police Department back on July 8 and was charged with second degree sex abuse, indecent exposure and dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to a minor stemming to the crimes committed on May 22 of this year.

The Perry Police Department issued a statement immediately following the arrest back in July:

“The charges stem from a complaint that was made on 05-31-17 of a possible sexual assault that occurred here in Perry. Upon conclusion of the investigation it was discovered that probable cause existed to charge Taggart with assaulting a single female victim under the age of twelve. Taggart stands accused of committing a sex act upon that victim along with exposing himself to her and showing her obscene material.”