Delbosque pleads guilty, will receive 35-year sentence
A 39-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to charges stemming from the disappearance of a 16-year-old Carroll County girl in June.
Jason DelBosque entered the guilty plea in U.S. Federal Court in Fort Smith. He was charged with transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. In exchange for his plea, DelBosque agreed to a sentence of 30 years in federal prison, numerous fines and the requirement that he register as a sex offender with the federal government, according to a press release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.
DelBosque was arrested in Dublin, Texas, on June 23. At the time of his arrest he was accompanied by the missing Carroll County girl, who was also taken into custody and then returned to her family.
The girl had been missing since June 13.
CCSO Investigator Sgt. Daniel Klatt, working with FBI agents, tracked DelBosque and the girl to Texas by reviewing thousands of pages of cell phone and computer records. For his efforts, Klatt was recently named the Arkansas District 3 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Arkansas Attorney General's Office.
DelBosque, who is being held in Fort Smith, is expected to be formally sentenced within the next 60 days.
Unlike the state prison system, the federal system has no parole provisions but does offer "good time" credit. With a 30-year sentence, DelBosque will be required to serve a minimum of 25 years, if he receives full "good time" credit, making him approximately 64 years old before he could become eligible for release.
According to a CCSO news release, DelBosque also faces charges in Gwinnett County, Ga., where he is accused of molesting two children, ages 4 and 7. The charges alleged in Georgia arrest warrants are two counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual battery and failure to register as a sex offender. Authorities in Texas also have filed charges against DelBosque for allegedly absconding from parole and failing to register as a sex offender.