Transient Accused Of Molesting Two Boys, Having Relationship With 12-Year-Old

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa -- A transient is accused of molesting two boys under the age of 10 and having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old boy.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, two boys – ages 8 and 9 – were interviewed at the Child Protection Center in Cedar Rapids. During the interviews, both boys said 22-year-old Devin J. Menard touched them under their pants and “humped” them with his clothes on numerous times.

Police said a separate witness confirmed the boys’ accounts.

During an interview with Menard, he admitted to having a sexual relationship with a boy beginning when the boy was just 12 years old and Menard was 20. Menard said the relationship went on “for years” and the two were in love.

Menard has been arrested and faces two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Menard was previously arrested on charges of second- and third-degree sexual abuse in May, according to Iowa Courts Online records. He pleaded not guilty to those charges earlier this month.

Police charged Menard with second-degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and fourth-degree criminal mischief in May. Menard is accused of sexually assaulting a boy, under the age of 12, on May 15, and attempting to touch his private parts on May 21, at the same residence in Iowa City, according to a criminal complaint. The boy told police he asked Menard not to touch him.

According to a criminal complaint, the boy in the May 21, incident told his grandmother in a text that Menard touched him in a “weird way and I don’t want to stay here.” The grandmother went to the residence and punched Menard three times.

Menard is also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and is accused of damaging a police vehicle after being handcuffed and hitting his head against the inside of the car, denting it.

Other prior charges include assault causing bodily injury and supplying alcohol to a person under the legal age.

According to Iowa Courts Online, Menard has pleaded not guilty to the charges stemming from the May incident. He remains in custody in the Johnson County Jail on a $85,000 cash-only bond.
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