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Man sentenced for sex assault in Juneau last summer

Posted: September 1, 2012 - 11:11pm

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to serve eight years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman after a rock concert in Juneau last summer.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg imposed 18 years with 10 years suspended for Thomas Adam Jack. The sentence also requires Jack to be on supervised probation for the 10 years in suspended time, and to register with the sex offender registry after his release from prison.

Jack pleaded guilty in May to one count of second-degree sexual assault for engaging in sexual contact without the woman’s consent. That’s a class ‘B’ felony with a presumptive sentencing range of five to 15 years since Jack did not have any prior felony convictions.

He admitted to a sentencing aggravator — “most serious” — which allowed his sentence to exceed the 15-year range.

In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed a more serious charge of first-degree sexual assault, an unclassified felony that can carry up to 99 years in prison. The plea agreement, however, required Jack to admit to the facts surrounding that charge even though it was dropped.

Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said in an affidavit that the incident happened in the woman’s Juneau home in July 2011 after a Hinder concert. The woman said she knew Jack through her roommate and other friends, the affidavit states.

Jack was originally indicted last August on the two aforementioned charges. He was represented by public defender David Seid.

The sentence was imposed July 17, and a copy of the judgment was provided to the Empire Monday.

Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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