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Additional Suspects Charged in Felony Juvenile Video Case

Posted: Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 9:19 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News - Brad Gaspelin

Smith,Jake

Two more suspects are facing charges in a case involving an adult having sex with a 15 year old girl. As KNIA/KRLS first reported Monday, a nineteen year old Knoxville man faces two class C felony charges related to sex with a fifteen year old girl.

Lt. Aaron Fuller with the Knoxville Police department says that at some yet to be determined time in mid-February Jake Smith allegedly engaged in a sex act with the girl, while a friend videotaped it.  Subsequent to the filming, the video was distributed to others with Smith’s knowledge, but not to the knowledge of the victim.

Two more suspects, Jordan Donovan Cowman age 19 of Des Moines, and a 17 year old female, are facing charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. Cowman’s charge is a Class C Felony, the juvenile’s an aggravated misdemeanor. His charge results from allegedly filming the incident, and disseminating it to at least one other person. The charges against the juvenile relate to her receiving the video, and allegedly showing it to at least one other person.

A class C felony is punishable by confinement for no more than ten years and a fine of at least $1,000 but not more than $10,000.

The Police Department asks that anyone who was sent a copy of the video to bring it to them so it can be destroyed. Not reporting receipt of the video could result in possession of child pornography charges.

The Knoxville Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident.