A DIVER, who made a career in search and rescue video, has released updates on several cases even after a judge refused to dismiss the rape allegations against him.
Jared Leisek, 47, is the founder of the popular YouTube channel Adventures With Purpose, which offers families a free service to take on missing persons cases.
Leisek and his team specialize in underwater search and recovery and have amassed approximately 2.85 million followers on the social media platform over the years.
However, the influencer and certified diver was arrested on January 5 and charged with allegedly raping a 10-year-old girl when he was a teenager in 1992.
Then, in March, Leisek’s legal team filed a motion to have the case dismissed, but a Utah judge denied the motion.
Despite the legal situation, Leisek has continued to post updates on missing persons cases for his followers.
On Friday, Leisek posted a summary of day four of the search for an elderly couple who went missing in Aurora, Nebraska.
Robert Procter, 89, and his wife Loveda, 92, disappeared on January 14, 2023.
The couple were eventually found dead exactly two months later, about 55 miles from their home, per MEAWW.
An unnamed citizen near the town of Kearney called police about a suspicious vehicle that became stuck on a minimal-maintenance road, leading to the discovery of the bodies.
Authorities found no evidence of foul play in relation to the couple’s deaths.
Leisek posted the video of her search for the pair before they were found to “hear from her family members who share personal stories about the Proctors and their love for one another.”
As previously reported by The US Sun, Leisek also went live on his channel on Saturday to announce that another case has been closed by his team.
According to the diver, Adventures with Purpose found 25 submerged vehicles in California’s San Joaquin River near Stockton.
After searching the rubble, they were able to locate the remains of Jacob Vanzant.
Vanzant’s body was recovered about 150 feet from the riverbank after being submerged in about 18 feet of water, according to CBS News.
He was last seen on February 17 of this year.
The case also bore chilling similarities to that of Kiely Rodni — a missing Truckee, California teenager whose body was discovered by Adventures with Purpose in October.
Anyhow, it appears Leisek is continuing to operate behind Adventures With Purpose as usual, despite legal wrangling.
THE REJECTED REQUEST
It was Utah Judge Mandy Larsen who denied Leisek’s March 8 motion to dismiss the rape charges, according to KCEN-TV.
According to court documents completed in November 2022 and viewed by The US Sun, Leisek allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 10-year-old female relative at their family home.
The incident occurred sometime between January 1 and December 31, 1992.
According to the affidavit, Leisek is seven years older than the alleged victim.
This would make Leisek around 16 or 17 years old at the time of the alleged rape.
The diver’s lawyers argued that the statute of limitations had expired, and the victim agreed – they also maintained that an adult could not be charged with crimes committed as a juvenile.
Despite the defense’s argument, Utah prosecutors argued that a sexual abuse case could always be prosecuted.
Prosecutors also found that a child as young as 10 could not consent to sex in the state.
Despite this, the court stated that if Leisek is found guilty, he could be sentenced as a juvenile as the alleged crime appears to have taken place when he was a teenager.
Leisek is accused of pinning the victim to the floor of her bedroom, pulling down her underwear and raping her.
It was reported that there had previously been two child rape charges involving the same victim, but one of them was dropped.
Additionally, leaked emails from The US Sun contained a detailed apology from Leisek to his alleged victim and mentioned a tragic family history.
“Like yourself, I was once a victim of multiple people inside and outside the family,” he wrote to the victim.
“It is unfortunate when families like ours are victims of harassment.”
Leisek did not comment on the emails when approached by The US Sun.
It is unclear if these emails were mentioned during the recent court hearing for the attempted dismissal of the charges.
TEAM MEMBERS RESIGN
Adventures With A Purpose viewers began questioning Leisek’s absence in September.
The diver had noticeably disappeared when the group broke through in the case of Kiely Rodni.
Adventures With a Purpose has solved at least 25 missing persons cases since 2019, some involving children — and they’ve posted nearly all of their findings to YouTube.
When the allegations of rape against Leisek became known, several members announced their resignation in video statements.
Other groups dedicated to similar causes also said they would not work with Adventures With Purpose.
“What happened 30 years ago has come to light and affected everyone involved,” said Doug Bishop, one of the group’s volunteer divers.
Josh Cantu, who has worked behind the scenes on content and videos with the search team for the past year and a half, also announced his retirement in a YouTube video.
“I have officially resigned from the search team that I have been part of in the past,” he said in the clip.
“I will live my life with integrity and morality, knowing I did the right thing, which I hope you can support.”
For more information on missing persons, see The US Sun’s coverage of the crucial lead in the case of a missing man who disappeared after visiting friends.
The US Sun also has the story of a father who spoke out after his daughters, who disappeared three years ago, were recently found.