Leck returns to jail

Sex offender gets two more years for porn offense

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2001

A convicted child molester's decision to view pornography on the Internet bought him an extra two years in prison and a one-way ticket out of town.

The state parole board on Tuesday sent Jack Leck II back to prison through May 2003 for downloading adult porn on a computer at a Juneau employment agency last month - a parole violation, said probation officer Michelle Atherton.

"A sex offender on parole cannot have any sexually explicit material," Atherton said. "He had pretty blatantly violated his parole. ... They decided to revoke his parole and sentence him to do the rest of his time."

Although Leck is in Juneau's state prison now, the Alaska Department of Corrections will transfer him out of town to a long-term facility because his sentence exceeds one year, said Atherton, who declined to say when the transfer would happen.

"He has not been transferred yet, but he will be," said Atherton, adding Leck might serve his time in Seward or Arizona.

Leck, now 49, was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in 1984 and 1985 after police searched his Anchorage home and found pornographic photos of nude boys from Anchorage and Fairbanks. Police later established Leck molested the boys. Detectives also seized weapons and explosives in the raid.

Leck was released from an Anchorage prison in 1996 but was reincarcerated after he violated parole by keeping company with minors. He was transferred to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in 2000 and set free on parole last month under a state law requiring mandatory release of prisoners sentenced to two years or more who have served two-thirds of their time, Atherton said.

The Juneau School District distributed a memo before Leck's release warning that he was considered dangerous and a predator of 12- to 14-year-old boys, luring them with candy, alcohol and drugs. Juneau police had advised the district Leck probably would strike again, the memo said.

Sixteen days after he left prison, Leck was caught downloading pornography on a public computer at the state Job Center near the Brotherhood Bridge. After Leck left the agency, employees saw the porn on the computer screen and called authorities, Atherton said.

Leck was arrested July 20 at Glacier Manor, a halfway house, and sent to Juneau's prison to await a hearing before the parole board. The five-member panel could have released him under supervision through May 2003 or sentenced him to serve the rest of his time. The board meted out the maximum punishment for the offense.

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