Man receives maximum sentence for attempted rape

Man receives maximum sentence for attempted rape
Jason Charles Bloomfield (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Maynard man will be "locked up for a long time" after pleading guilty Friday to attempted rape of a child.

Circuit Judge Harold Erwin sentenced 35-year-old Jason Charles Bloomfield to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), the maximum sentence allowed.

Bloomfield pleaded guilty to one count of attempted rape in a Randolph County case.

According to Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce, on Sept. 29, 2015, Bloomfield approached a 12-year-old girl in a residential section of Pocahontas and offered her money for sex.

Officers arrested Bloomfield after the child gave police his description, including his license plate number.

Bloomfield was initially charged with sexual indecency with a child; however, after reviewing the facts of the case, Boyce upgraded the charges to attempted rape, a Class A felony punishable by 6-30 years in prison.

In 2005, Bloomfield had been convicted and sentenced to the ADC for sexual indecency with a child. At the time of his arrest in 2015, he was a classified Level 4 sex offender, Boyce said.

"We were aware this man was living in Randolph County based on a notice we received after he was released the first time," Boyce said. "Fortunately, the victim in this case was never physically touched by Bloomfield."

Boyce added that Friday's sentence should keep Bloomfield "locked up for a long time."

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