[Masthead] Fair ~ 39°F  
High: 77°F ~ Low: 55°F
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Trial begins for Le Mars man accused of assaulting girl

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Matthew Jandreau
(Plymouth County Jail photo)
Jury selection resumes today (Wednesday) in Le Mars for a man charged after a spree of crimes which Le Mars Police said included an assault involving an 11-year-old Le Mars girl.

Matthew R. Jandreau, 20, of Le Mars, pleaded not guilty to burglary in the first degree; kidnapping in the third degree; assault with intent to commit sexual abuse; operating without owner's consent; public intoxication; operating while under the influence and theft in the fifth degree.

The crimes included a disturbance at the Le Mars Truck Stop; a theft of a van from a driveway at a residence, an attempted break-in at a home and a burglary and assault at another home where the girl, 11, was home alone because she was ill and did not go to school, according to police.

Jandreau was arrested in the girl's home and has been held in the Plymouth County Jail since the arrest on March 2.

Judge Jeffrey Neary is presiding at the trial in Plymouth County District Court at the courthouse in Le Mars.

Jurors who were selected to be on the jury panel for the month of November reported for the trial at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Potential jurors who reported potential conflicts were called into the courtroom individually.

County attorney Darin Raymond, Jandreau and his attorney, Mike Williams, and Neary were in the courtroom.

Other potential jurors sat or stood outside the courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

The trial which was originally scheduled for May 15 has been delayed several times at the request of Jandreau's attorney.

Jandreau has been held in the Plymouth County Jail since his March 2 arrest at the girl's home.

© 2016 Le Mars Daily Sentinel