Jaymie Souder

Jaymie Souder (Jail photo)

A 25-year-old Davenport man guilty of sexually abusing three girls was sentenced this morning to 50 years in prison.

Jaymie Souder pleaded guilty previously to three Class B felony counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

Prosecutor Melisa Zaehringer said Souder must serve at least 70 percent of his sentence. He also faces lifetime parole and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Souder lived with the three girls, but they are not his children. Police said the abuse occurred over two years when the girls were ages 8, 6 and 5 and often while their mother was working or not at home.

The oldest girl ultimately reported the abuse to school officials, police said. Souder was arrested in August 2011.

Meanwhile, an investigation revealed the girls’ 29-year-old mother knew the abuse was occurring and did nothing to try to stop it, police said.

She was arrested Dec. 6 and is charged with three counts of neglect of a dependent person, a Class C felony charge punishable in Iowa by up to 10 years in prison upon conviction. 

The Times is not publishing her name in accordance with the newspaper’s policy to not identify victims of sexual assault.

The Iowa Department of Human Services removed the three girls from the home and placed them with a relative, according to Susan Souder, Jaymie Souder’s mother.

“He deserves it,” Susan Souder said following her son’s sentencing. “I’m sorry. I love him to death, but he deserves it. No one should abuse a child. He deserves what he gets. I’m sad I didn’t figure it out.”