BURKE -- A Gregory man who spent nearly a year in jail after being charged with rape last September was released following a sentencing hearing on Aug. 29.
Jeffrey Jongewaard, 48, pleaded no contest to attempted sexual contact with a person incapable of consent, a Class 4 felony, and was given a five-year suspended prison sentence with credit for the 348 days he served in jail between his arrest and sentencing, during which time he was held on a $300,000 bond.
Jongewaard was arrested Sept. 15, 2018, after a Dallas woman told law enforcement he had raped her while she was intoxicated. Jongewaard was arrested at his residence.
Jongewaard was originally charged with two counts of third-degree rape and one count of sexual contact with a person incapable of consent.
Following his conviction, Jongewaard was required to register as a sex offender and pay $156.50 in fines and court costs.
Note: This story has been updated from a previous version which stated that Jongewaard had pleaded guilty to sexual contact with a person incapable of consent and admitted to rape after his arrest.