RAW: Sexual Assault Survivor Reflects on Jacob Wetterling's Disappearance

October 19, 2018 03:05 PM

Jared Scheierl, a Minnesota man whose own sexual assault as a 12-year-old was long suspected to be connected to Jacob Wetterling's disappearance, spoke during a news conference Tuesday.

Scheierl talked publicly about his case in hopes it could help investigators find his attacker and Jacob's.


Using technology that wasn't available in 1989, investigators found 53-year-old Danny Heinrich's DNA on Scheierl's sweatshirt, and used that evidence to get a search warrant for Heinrich's home, where they found a large collection of child pornography.

The statute of limitations had expired for charging Heinrich in the assault on Scheierl, but a grand jury indicted him on 25 child pornography counts.

On Tuesday, Scheierl reflected his own experience and Jacob's abduction.

View the video from the news conference in the player above.

Read more about the news conference here.


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