One of the women victimized by Jonathan Markwick says the Racine teenager who sexually assaulted her on the Carroll University campus last year has taken away her sense of safety.
"The biggest impact this incident had on me was causing constant fear for my well-being," the woman wrote in a victim impact statement filed with the Waukesha County Victim/Witness Assistance Program. "No one should have to worry about their safety while walking with a group of friends in broad daylight.
"But this did not only affect me. Every female student on campus has realized they may never be safe from this happening to them."
Markwick, charged with three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault after being accused of groping three women during a 90-minute span on Sept. 18 in and around the Waukesha university, was sentenced to two years probation on Friday, March 25.
Judge Ralph Ramirez imposed but stayed a one-year jail term at the Waukesha County Huber Jail facility in favor of probation after Markwick was found guilty of one of the sexual assault charges following a no-contest plea.
Two other fourth-degree sexual assault charges were dismissed but read into the record as part of a plea agreement with the state.
But Markwick was ordered, according to online court records, to remain in jail until 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
A probation and parole agent will assist Markwick in finding a place to live before he is released and in getting any treatment and counseling. Markwick, formerly of Racine, did not have a permanent address when he was charged last September in Waukesha County Circuit Court, and he said in a Waukesha County pretrial services screening report he wouldn't be allowed to stay at his father's home in Racine when a jail term ended.
As terms of his probation, Markwick is also to have no contact with Carroll University or the victims listed in the criminal complaint. He is also to maintain absolute sobriety and not to use or possess alcohol or drug paraphernalia. According to a pretrial report, Markwick consumed more than six alcoholic drinks per day.
A psychological evaluation will also be conducted as part of his probation. He has also been advised to seek employment and work toward completing a high school diploma. The highest grade Markwick has completed is 11th grade.
The court stayed an order requiring Markwick to register as a sex offender, but it set a hearing concerning sex offender registration in January 2018.
According to the criminal complaint, Markwick first grabbed a 21-year-old female's buttocks while she was on Estberg Avenue between Scott and Grand avenues at approximately 2:35 p.m. Sept. 18. The second incident occurred about 4:10 p.m. that afternoon, when a 20-year-old woman walking back to her university dorm at 210 N. Grand Ave. said Markwick punched her in her buttocks and crotch area.
The final assault also occurred around the same time near South Grand Avenue and West College Avenue. The 19-year-old victim said that, as she was walking back to her dorm with her friends, Markwick came from behind her, grabbed her buttocks and part of her groin area and then ran away in the opposite direction.
After serving a 62-day jail sentence in Racine for an unrelated incident following the assaults, Markwick was transferred to Waukesha and has spent the last 122 days at the Waukesha County Jail. During his court proceedings in Waukesha, Markwick's competency was evaluated by a court-ordered psychiatrist. The court found Markwick competent to proceed in January.
Markwick's recent past
Markwick had a recent history of groping women.
Markwick was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault for grabbing a woman's vagina at Racine Horlick High School in May 2015. However, that offense was later amended to disorderly conduct, to which Markwick pleaded guilty in July. He only paid a fine as part of his conviction.
One of the three victims in the Waukesha case is concerned about what Markwick could do in the future.
"My biggest concern is to make sure he does not have the opportunity to do something like this (or worse) again," the victim wrote. "I believe there must have been something that happened in his life which caused him to act out and behave this way."
But the victim wrote that she forgives Markwick.
"Because of my faith I have been able to forgive him and I want him to know that I am not angry nor do I seek retribution," she wrote. "I genuinely hope that he is able to receive help and adjust the way he is living. I will be praying for him to have a change of heart and seek forgiveness from everyone he has victimized."