Jury selection to begin for former JDHS coach

Posted: Friday, October 01, 2010

Jury selection is set to begin Oct. 11 for a former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach accused of sexual assault.

The jurors eventually chosen will hear the case against James Hamey, who is alleged to have committed second-degree sexual assault against a 50-year-old woman. Hamey was arrested Dec. 4, 2009.

Neither Hamey's attorney Louis J. Menendez nor District Attorney Doug Gardner foresaw any delays to the beginning of jury selection or the trial itself.

At the time of his arrest, Hamey worked as a driver for Care-A-Van, the public transportation for people with disabilities. However, he drove the van to the alleged victim's residence unannounced, according to court records.

According to court records, Hamey apologized to the victim by telephone in a call intercepted by law enforcement after obtaining a warrant. In a subsequent interview with police, Hamey admitted to investigators he went to the victim's residence unannounced and touched her without consent, court records state.

Hamey faces a prison term of 5 to 15 years if proven guilty.

In an interview found in the Empire's archives, Juneau Police Department Captain Dave Campbell said "The inappropriate touching was without the consent of the victim and it did meet the statutory definition of sexual contact."

Hamey is also facing first-degree sexual assault charges with a different victim in another case that will begin Nov. 15.

Hamey was the coach of the JDHS boys' basketball team for 22 years and the girls' basketball team for eight years.

Hamey is in third party custody of family members.

Contact Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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