WARSAW — A Mentone woman will serve four years in prison if she is not accepted into a community corrections program after molesting a minor in 2019.
Jasmine Sue Davis, 19, 204 N. Franklin St., Mentone, was charged with child molesting, a level 4 felony.
Davis was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court 1 on Thursday, March 19.
On Oct. 9, 2019, Child Protective Services contacted Warsaw Police officers after receiving information that Davis had intercourse with a minor sometime in September 2019 in Kosciusko County.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brad Voelz said the county’s prosecution department has attempted contact with the victim since the incident occurred but has had no success.
Defense Attorney Adam Turner called Davis’ case a “unique situation.” Turner said Davis started a relationship with the victim online and didn’t know the victim’s true age initially.
“Jasmine is mentally sharp and has a great work ethic,” said Turner. “She’s not a predator, but an immature adult who didn’t make the right decision.”
Turner also said Davis has undergone voluntary counseling, is employed and has a strong community network.
“There are a lot of people who care about what happens to Jasmine,” said Turner. “She would respond positively to a suspended sentence, but I also understand the severity of the charge.”
“I should’ve walked away but I didn’t,” said Davis. “I’m sorry.”
Judge David Cates sentenced Davis to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction, with two years of the sentence suspended on probation. Cates said he had no objection to Davis serving the executed portion of her sentence through Michiana Community Corrections if she is qualified.
“This is on you, not the victim,” said Cates. “This was not a mistake, but a choice. I’m counting on your strong network, but I’m mostly counting on you.”