Ottumwa Man Faces 85 Counts Of Sex Abuse, Child’s Mother Charged For Her Role

An Ottumwa Couple face a litany of sexual abuse charges from abuse that dates back over 7 years when the child was just 7. 49-year-old Jesse Harnden has been charged with 85 counts of second and third-degree sexual abuse.

The child’s mother, 47-year-old Heather Mantell was in a relationship with the accused for several years and is said to have not only been aware of the acts but participated in them at various points. Mantell has been charged with child endangerment and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse.

Both are being held in the Wapello County Jail. Harnden’s bail has been set at $100,000, Mantell’s $22,000.

The abuse came to an end after the execution of a search warrant and the child was removed from the home this past February. 

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