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State alerts agencies to release of sex offender

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Prison officials are notifying Juneau schools and law enforcement agencies about the scheduled release Wednesday of Jack Leck II, convicted of child molestation nearly 20 years ago after investigators found photos of nude boys from Anchorage and Fairbanks in his Anchorage home.

Leck has told prison officials he intends to move back to Anchorage, but the state Department of Corrections still alerted nine Juneau agencies of Leck's release, including the police, Boy Scouts, a video-game arcade and the Juneau School District.

Schools Superintendent Gary Bader wrote in a June memo that a probation officer warned the district that Leck is dangerous and a predator of 12- to 14-year-old boys, luring them with candy, alcohol and drugs.

Leck, now 49, was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in 1984 and 1985. Police also seized explosives and weapons in the raid on his home, said retired Sgt. John Strutko, who worked the case for the Anchorage Police Department.

Strutko said Leck was not allowed to have weapons because he had been convicted of a felony in the Lower 48. Leck's criminal record outside Alaska included convictions for felony forgery and bestiality plus arrests for sex and weapons offenses, according to a 1984 Anchorage police report.

Leck served 12 years for his crimes in Alaska and was released in Anchorage on parole in 1996. But police arrested Leck again in 1997 for parole violation for keeping company with minors, said Corrections Commissioner Margaret Pugh.

He was transferred to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau last year.

Pugh said Leck has served his time, but the state will supervise him through May 2003. The state will make scheduled and unscheduled visits to Leck's home and workplace at least twice a month, Pugh said.

Although Leck did not undergo psychiatric treatment in prison for his sex crimes, a parole board made treatment mandatory upon his release, she said.

Pugh stopped short of saying Leck was more dangerous than about 50 other sex offenders in Juneau's prison. But Strutko, the retired police sergeant, said Leck is more worrisome than many other offenders.

During a search of Leck's home, police seized several guns, ammunition, the pornographic photos of boys and some explosives, the report said. The Anchorage Times reported in 1984 that police found about 6 pounds of plastic-type explosives. It takes only 2 pounds of that material to blow up a car and seriously maim or kill any occupants, the paper reported.

Prison superintendent Dan Carothers said Leck told him he intended to move to Anchorage when he was released.

Leck is required to register his address with the state, which posts the information plus photographs of sex offenders on the Internet.



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