Sex offender gets nine years in prison

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

An unrepentant, twice-convicted sex offender will spend about nine years in prison under terms of a sentence handed down Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.

George Miyasato, 43, pleaded guilty in October to charges of felony failure to register as a sex offender and interfering with official proceedings.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins sentenced him to 15 years in prison with six years suspended.

Miyasato faced 15 years in prison, but prosecutors offered the nine-year sentence recommendation with suspended time. Two counts of felony sexual abuse of a minor were dropped as part of an earlier plea bargain.

"This is a four-time violent crime offender," said Kurt Twitty, assistant district attorney. "There is very little hope in him reforming. He is undeterable with little or no prospects for rehabilitation."

In March, Miyasato was accused of molesting two children. Miyasato had four prior felony convictions, two for sexual assault and one each for burglary and assault.

Because of his sexual assault convictions he was ordered to register as a known sex offender, which he did not.

After the March sexual abuse of a minor arrest, he called the mother of the alleged victims while on leave from prison from his public defender's office, according to the charges.

"Some planning went into that offense," Collins said. "You didn't do any of these things under threat or coercion. You did them because you said you were 'mad' at the mother of the children. Being mad is not a defense."

Though Miyasato wasn't convicted on the sexual abuse charge, Collins ordered him to undergo sex offender treatment therapy and to not consume drugs or alcohol because of his previous violent offenses toward women.

But Miyasato said even if Collins ordered the therapy, he wouldn't go.

"I'm not going to no sex offender therapy," Miyasato said in court Wednesday. "I loved her with all my heart. I'm not guilty of any of the charges leveled against me."

He did not disclose in court who "her" referred to.

Miyasato's attorney, Michael O'Brien, said his client doesn't want treatment given his history, because therapists will look for ways to discharge him because of his criminal history.

Collins said she was ordering the therapy to protect the public.

"One day you are going to be released," she said. "Given your prior violent criminal history, the lack of sex offender therapy that's not, in my view, taking protection of the community seriously."

One person who said she wasn't satisfied with the sentence agreement was the mother of the alleged victims.

"I'm scared of what he will do when he gets out," she said. "He already grabbed my neck and damaged my windpipe. He wasn't always that vicious. He would get better and then it would get worse. ... He should never be allowed around children, not even teen-agers. He should have gotten more time."

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.



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