Local man given suspended sentence for sexual abuse
FAIRFIELD — Joshua Wade Hendricks, 38, of Washington, Iowa, changed a not guilty plea to guilty, for a charge of one count of third-degree sexual abuse.
According to his file at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Hendricks was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Joel Yates to 10 years in prison, which was suspended, conditioned on his future good behavior. A suspended sentence means he will not serve time in prison. He was sentenced to five years probation, fined $1,000 plus a 35 percent surcharge and ordered to pay court appointed attorney fees, if any.
Hendricks was ordered to register as a sex offender, pay a $25 registration fee and a civil penalty of $250 and was ordered to have no contact with the victim without permission of his supervising probation officer.
He must successfully complete all requirements of the sex offender treatment program.
He was ordered to abstain from consumption, purchase or possession of alcohol and controlled substances and not enter a tavern, liquor stores or establishments with the prime activity of serving alcoholic beverages.
Hendricks was further ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 without permission of his supervising probation officer.
He was ordered to perform 140 hours of community service and provide a specimen for a DNA profile.
A special sentence for sex offenders includes that he is committed to the custody of the director of Iowa Department of Corrections for life, with the eligibility of parole. This special sentence commences upon completion of the sentence imposed for the underlying criminal offense. Hendricks will begin this special sentence under supervision as if he is on parole.
Hendricks will not be expected to show up to serve time in prison, until further order of the court. His bond appeal was set at $10,000.
Hendricks listed his address as Washington, Brighton and Fairfield at different times, according to his file.
Fairfield Police Department conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of Hendricks Nov. 8, 2011, in Washington County.
Hendricks was charged with five counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, and one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony.
Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille had said in 2011 that Hendricks had lived in Jefferson County in the past and lived in Washington County for a few months in 2011.
The Fairfield Police Department was assisted by numerous agencies during the 2011 investigation, including the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the report, Hendricks was charged with touching the genitals of a victim, age 10, performing oral sex upon a victim at age 13, and having sexual intercourse at a later age at different instances while the victim was living in the same household and done against the will of the victim.
A second-degree sexual abuse charge was dismissed by the court.