Former JDHS coach arrested on sex assault

Campbell said woman reported a Care-A-Van driver just 'showed up'

Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2009

Former longtime Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach James M. Hamey, 62, was arrested Friday on one count of felony sexual assault.

Hamey was lodged in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Friday without bail. He was arraigned Saturday in District Court, where Sitka Magistrate Bruce Horton set bail at $5,000 cash, but required a court-appointed third-party custodian.

The Juneau Police Department received a report Thursday that a 50-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by Hamey two days earlier at a residence in the 2800 block of Postal Way.

"She reported to us that a Care-A-Van driver had come to her house on the evening of Dec. 1, and that he had inappropriately touched her," spokesman Dave Campbell said. "The Care-A-Van driver was working at the time that this occurred, however, he had not been called to the victim's residence. He just showed up out of the blue."

Police contacted Hamey at 5:17 p.m. Friday as he was driving a Care-A-Van - the public transportation outfit for people with disabilities - in the Lemon Creek area. Police detained him and took him back to the police department for further questioning.

Hamey has been charged with one count of sexual assault in the second degree, a Class B felony. State sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of 5 to 15 years if proven guilty. The investigation is continuing.

Campbell declined to speak about the specifics of the assault.

"The inappropriate touching was without the consent of the 50-year-old female and it did meet the statutory definition of sexual contact," he said.

Hamey was the coach of the JDHS boys basketball team for 22 years and the girls basketball team for 8 years.

Athletic Director Sandi Wagner declined to comment on Hamey's coaching career at JDHS. George Houston, a former assistant coach under Hamey who succeeded him as head coach, also declined to comment.

Friday's arrest was not Hamey's first run-in with the law. He pleaded guilty to third-degree theft in 2003 for stealing $1,000 from the JDHS basketball program to make his successor look bad. Probation conditions for the theft conviction included 150 hours of community work service and also anger-management, obsessive-compulsive and psychological counseling.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.





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