Comstock sentenced to prison for sexual assault conviction
REED CITY — More than two decades after she was sexually assaulted as a child, the victim of Jared Comstock gave an impact statement at his sentencing Friday in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court.
“When Jerry raped me, he took much more than my remaining innocence,” the victim said. “The rest of my childhood and all of my experiences from that point on were skewed and altered in unimaginable ways.”
In December, Comstock pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. In exchange for his plea, the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to dismiss three additional first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.
Going along with the plea agreement reached by Comstock’s attorney and prosecutors, Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy sentenced Comstock to a minimum of one year and one day in prison and a maximum of five years in prison. He was given seven days credit for time served.
According to court documents, Comstock was arrested in 2013 for sexual assaults against a girl younger than 13 years old in Osceola Township between January 1991 and December 1992.
After an evaluation, Comstock was found competent to stand trial in 2014. A trial for Comstock was scheduled to begin in December, but instead the plea agreement was reached.
Before the victim addressed the court, her mother also gave a statement.
She thanked the court for the effort put in to bring the case to completion and spoke about how she witnessed changes in her daughter as a child many years ago.
“I asked her what was wrong and she said, ‘Mom, I’m OK,’ but I knew in my heart she wasn’t OK,” she said. “This has brought great heartache to me, but now I have some closure and understanding as to why she was going through that.”
While reading her victim impact statement, the now-adult woman spoke of the ways her life was traumatized because of Comstock’s assaults against her.
Although it took time, she eventually sought counseling and “came to a healing place where I was able to report these crimes,” she said.
“It required a lot of courage, as did undertaking this resulting court process,” the victim said. “I want to make something positive the ultimate outcome of these atrocities. The negative effects of these actions have been going on too long. The playground for pedophiles has been flourishing too long. I will be a light into the darkness that hid these crimes until now.”