WENATCHEE – A 54-year-old Peshastin man faces at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing three children between 2007 and 2015.
Theron Jay Heideman pleaded guilty Thursday in Chelan County Superior Court to three counts of first degree rape of a child. In his guilty plea, Heideman admitted to sexually abusing three children under the age of 12.
Heideman County and Chelan County prosecutors accepted 189 months, or 15.75 years, in jail with credit for time served.
He has been held at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for March 2017 – 43 months – and with that taken into account in his sentence would spend 12 years in prison.
However, prosecutor Doug Shae clarified that the sentence is indefinite and regardless of the length of the sentence, Heideman will not be released from prison without the approval of the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Commission of the Department of Corrections. who determines whether he is fit to re-enter society.
In the end, 12 years would actually be a minimum sentence, Shae said. The maximum is life.
Heideman is expected to be sentenced on December 17 in Superior Court.
Prior to pleading guilty, Heideman was charged with four counts of first-degree child rape, two counts of second-degree child rape, three counts of first-degree child molestation, four counts of first degree incest and one second degree count. incest.
His victims, who are family members, made allegations of abuse between 1999 and 2009 to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and state child welfare services. None of the investigations at that time resulted in criminal charges or intervention by the CPS.
Three of her adult children sued the State Department of Health and Human Services on the grounds that their allegations had been ignored. They were rewarded $ 2.5 million in 2018 in the Douglas County Superior Court.