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January 7, 2011

Ebelsheiser sentenced to 12 years

OSKALOOSA — Dr. Jason Ebelsheiser was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison Thursday afternoon in Mahaska County District Court.

Ebelsheiser was convicted of four charges on Oct. 29, 2010. He was convicted of third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony; two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse; and one count of tampering with records.

On Dec. 10, 2010, defense attorney Leon Spies submitted a motion for a new trial, and the prosecution filed a resistance to the motion. Judge Daniel Wilson denied Spies’ motion and dismissed it Thursday; the court proceeded with sentencing.

The maximum sentence possible would have been 16 years: 10 years for the third-degree sexual abuse, two years each for the two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and two years for record tampering. Wilson imposed a total of 12 years — the sentences for the third-degree sexual abuse and record tampering running consecutively while the two charges for assault with intent to commit sexual abuse run concurrently with the third-degree sex abuse charge. Wilson fined Ebelsheiser $1,000 and a 35 percent surcharge for the third-degree sexual abuse charge and suspended fines for the remaining charges.

“There are no winners in this case,” Wilson said in reference to the victims, their families and Ebelsheiser’s family.

“You are a man of great talent and potential. You threw much of that away,” Wilson said to Ebelsheiser.

As a result of the jury verdict, Ebelsheiser is ruled a sex offender and must register with the state after his release. He also has a no-contact order with the victims for three years.

After the sentencing, Ebelsheiser was transported to the Oakdale facility for processing into the state prison system.

While Ebelsheiser will be going to prison, the trial will not be behind him.

During the trial, the jury could not determine a verdict on two counts against Ebelsheiser and a mistrial was declared on those counts. However, prosecuting attorney Becky Goettsch said during sentencing that the state wants to retry those two counts.

After quickly conferring with Ebelsheiser, Spies said his client waives his right to a speedy trial in the matter.


Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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