Fairbanks man sentenced for attacking jogger

Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, with six suspended, for sexually assaulting a jogger in August.

Theodore Barley, 18, pleaded no contest in November to one count of second-degree sexual assault.

''This was so out-of-step with the way civilized people treat one another,'' Superior Court Judge Ralph Beistline said. ''I have to make sure you never do that again.''

Barley was convicted of trying to sexually assault a 33-year-old woman as she jogged along a bicycle path. According to prosecutors, he jumped from behind bushes, threw the woman to the ground and attempted to rape her.

The jogger was a visitor in Fairbanks on a business trip. A passer-by yelled at Barley, who fled. He was arrested 11 days later.

Prosecutor Teresa Foster said the victim was traumatized by Barley's attack.

''The court should consider him very dangerous,'' she said. ''This is a person that needs to be watched for a long time and that the public will be afraid of for a long time.''

At the time of the assault, Barley had just begun serving a two-year suspended sentence for vehicle theft. According to court records, the assault took place a little more than a week after Barley was let out on probation.

Beistline sentenced Barley to 10 years probation for the probation violation.

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