Greenbush

Jeffrey Raymond Greenbush

A Prior Lake man has been sentenced to 9.5 years in prison for assaulting multiple juvenile victims.

Jeffrey Raymond Greenbush, 48, was charged in 2018 with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of malicious punishment of a child causing substantial bodily harm.

Scott County Judge Ann Offerman sentenced Greenbush to 114 months for first-degree assault and 105 months for malicious punishment of a child. He had pleaded guilty to both charges. The other charges were dismissed due to the statute of limitations.

One of Greenbush’s victims, known to him at the time of the abuse, addressed the court with a written statement read by Tera Portinga, victim coordinator for the Scott County Attorney’s Office. She wrote that the reported instances of abuse were only those that came to mind during her police interview.

“The abuse was so normal that it was hard to pick a few moments to summarize my everyday life,” the victim wrote. “God only knows the number of tears shed as I cried myself to sleep, night after night, if I ever slept at all.”

The victim said she experienced emotional abuse from Greenbush as well.

“It’s painful to think about who I could have been if he had encouraged my talent and ideas instead of telling me I was stupid and would never amount to anything,” she wrote.

She wrote that she experiences post-traumatic stress disorder that affects her daily life and can’t be touched in places on her back, arms and legs.

“I can’t sit with my back to a door in any place,” the victim said. “I have panic attacks if I see a child in a grocery store with a bruise or a scrape.”

Greenbush addressed the court as well, apologizing to his family while holding back tears.

“The last three years of my life have radically changed,” he said. “For most of this time I have denied responsibility. … I hope my actions today and this week provide some change from the course. I ask now that I will have a chance to change.”

Defense attorney Tyler Bliss told the court he had seen Greenbush begin to change and requested a 94-month sentence for his client.

Offerman said she hoped to see Greenbush change and grow but that he had spent a significant amount of time denying responsibility.

“Not only were these individual acts that you admitted responsibility for were very serious,” she said. “Not only were they serious, they were committed against the most vulnerable people, emotionally and physically, in your family.”

According to the criminal complaint, a juvenile victim reported being on the arms, chest and back, which left bruises. A second victim recalled Greenbush slamming her face against a kitchen counter, among other instances. She and a third victim reported being sexually assaulted and watched while showering.

In 2017, Greenbush was convicted on domestic assault, violating a restraining order and three counts of violating an order of protection relating to domestic assault. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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