Jake R. Skahill

Jake R. Skahill

A Farley man who was convicted of sexually abusing a child was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison.

Jake R. Skahill, 25, was sentenced in Iowa District Court for Dubuque County after a jury in March convicted him of second-degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts with a child, enticing a minor and indecent exposure.

Authorities said that, in February 2018, a woman reported her child, who was younger than 10, reported being sexually abused by Skahill at a Dubuque County residence. The Dyersville Commercial does not identify victims of sexual abuse.

Skahill denied the allegations, and the case twice proceeded to trial. The first ended in a mistrial because of a “mishap” while jurors were watching a DVD of the child’s interview with investigators. That incident was deemed “too prejudicial,” so Judge Monica Wittig ordered a new trial.

Jurors in the second trial convicted him on all four counts.

Skahill filed a motion in arrest of judgment and for a new trial, arguing the victim’s testimony was inconsistent and that additional evidence should have been allowed to be presented to help the defense.

Wittig denied that motion, saying there was enough evidence to support the verdict and that the evidence Skahill referred to was rightfully excluded from trial.

He has 30 days to file for an appeal.