Husband, wife sentenced in disturbing Hamilton County child molestation case

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Jayson Colbert (left) and Lisa Colbert (right)

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – A husband and wife learned their sentences in a disturbing child molestation case in Hamilton County.

According to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, Jayson Colbert was sentenced to 103 years, with 75 years to be served in the Department of Correction, 5 years of work release and 15 years of supervised probation. His wife, Lisa Colbert, was sentenced to 142 years in the Department of Correction.

In December, a jury found Lisa Colbert guilty on 16 counts ranging from child molesting to incest to performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor. The victims ranged between 3 and 8 years old.

Investigators said her husband, Jayson Colbert, molested and raped the children on multiple occasions between 1997 and 2010. His wife knew about the abuse but didn’t stop it, prosecutors said.

In one case, she caught her husband having sex with one of the young victims and failed to intervene. Instead, she “glared at Jayson, and then left, slamming the door,” according to court documents.

Jayson Colbert threatened to shoot one of his victims if the child said anything about the abuse, prosecutors said.

“If he said something Jayson would shoot his siblings… and that it would be his fault,” according to court documents.

Police arrested the couple in 2016 in Madison County. The abuse happened in Hamilton County, where Lisa Colbert’s trial took place and Jayson Colbert’s plea deal was accepted.

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