Fairfield man convicted of sexual abuse
A Jefferson County jury found a Fairfield man guilty of second-degree sexual abuse Wednesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Damian Lynn Blaise Sr., 29, was convicted after a three-day trial. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 27.
Sexual abuse in the second degree is a Class “B” felony with a maximum prison term of 25 years. It carries with it a mandatory minimum sentence of 17.5 years.
Blaise was accused of sexually abusing a female under the age of 12 during the month of December in 2012. The incident allegedly took place at Blaise’s residence at 2633 Highway 1 in Fairfield.
According to the affidavit of Angie Pohren, law enforcement became aware of the accusations against Blaise through interviews conducted by child protective service workers of St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Blaise was arrested Jan. 9 in Wapello County by Jefferson County Sheriff Gregg Morton.
At the time, he was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, which was later amended to a charge of second-degree sexual abuse.
Blaise has been on the sex offender registry since 2008 when he was convicted of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. At the time of the offense, Blaise was 20 years old and the victim in that case was between the ages of 14-17.