Anchorage teen sentenced to 25 years in prison, 15 years of probation, for sexual assault


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 19-year-old man who bound an acquaintance with duct tape and sexually assaulted her was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

Jessye Potts also was sentenced to 15 years of probation Monday by Superior Court Judge Michael Spaan, KTUU-TV reported.

The young woman attacked was in the courtroom for the sentencing. She said she and her family were left broken after the New Year's Day attack and that she struggled to finish high school.

"I can't have people near me," she said. "I don't have friends. I cut them off."

Potts was 18 on Jan. 1. Investigators said Potts sent the girl, then 17, a text just after 3 p.m. inviting her on a walk.

The girl walked to Potts' home, and they set off near a south Anchorage park and railroad tracks along Cook Inlet.

After resting on a small hilltop, Potts told the girl, "Sometimes crazy things pop into my head," she told investigators.

She became increasingly nervous, and when her cellphone rang, she told her mother that she would be home soon, investigators said.

As Potts and the girl started for home, Potts attacked her from behind, repeatedly struck her, bound her hands and mouth with duct tape, pushed her into snow and sexually assaulted her, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

He fled but returned and freed the girl after extracting a promise that she would not report the incident, KTVA-TV reported. He left again, and the girl sought help at a nearby house.

Potts was arrested at his home.

He pleaded guilty in June to one count of sexual assault. Prosecutors dropped kidnaping and other felony sexual assault counts.

Spaan said items found in Potts' backpack, including sex toys, and the duct tape suggested the rape was premeditated.

"You were pumped up and primed," he told Potts.

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