SEXUAL ABUSE: Father Given Prison Sentence

A Des Moines father who sexually abused three of his children must spend at least 35 years in prison.

James Beaudrie was sentenced Friday to three 25 year sentences. A deal with prosecutors means Beaudrie will serve two of those sentences consecutively and one concurrently, for a total of 50 years. The mandatory minimum sentencing means he must serve 70 percent of his sentence, which is 35 years.

Beaudrie won’t be eligible for parole until he is in his 70s and if he doesn’t complete sex offender treatment he would have to serve the entire 50 year sentence.

During the sentencing, all three daughters gave victim impact statements. One said, “You’re the one that caused all of our pain and suffering. You are a monster.” They also spoke of the physical abuse their brothers received and how they still had nightmares about it.

In January, Beaudrie pleaded guilty to three charges of second degree sexual abuse, admitting the abuse of three daughters. Beaudrie had originally faced nine counts of sexual abuse.

As part of the sentence Beaudrie will also  be monitored as a sexually violent predator for life.

Beaudrie’s wife Kijua was sentenced in October to 30 years in prison for child neglect in the case. Prosecutors say she facilitated the abuse by taking the other children away so Beaudrie could molest his daughters.

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