Juneau halfway house inmate arrested in attempted assault

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A developmentally disabled inmate at a Juneau halfway house was being held without bail Monday, accused of trying to rape another inmate who was sleeping.

Ryan Robert Hendrickson, 24, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with second-degree sexual assault for the alleged incident at the Taku House, police said.

The Taku House is an apartment unit in Gastineau Human Services' halfway house complex in the Lemon Creek area. Taku is used to house mentally ill and developmentally disabled offenders, said Greg Pease, executive director of GHS.

Pease said Hendrickson's disability was caused by a severe head injury he sustained when he was younger. Hendrickson has been convicted several times in the past on sexual abuse of a minor and drug charges, Pease said.

''Developmentally, he is at about a third-grade level,'' Pease told the Juneau Empire. ''He was in here because he relapsed a few months ago and went back to crack cocaine, which was a probation violation.''

The 21-year-old woman alleging the assault, whose name wasn't released, told GHS staff Sunday morning that she and Hendrickson were watching TV in her room late Saturday night, Pease said.

The woman woke up sometime between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday to find Hendrickson lying on top of her, Pease said. With a blanket in between them, Hendrickson allegedly tried to have sex with her.

He allegedly got into her apartment through the unlocked front door, Pease said.

The woman told Hendrickson to ''leave her alone'' and he left the room without a word, said Police Capt. Tom Porter.

The woman did not have any obvious physical injuries and Hendrickson did not have a weapon, Porter said.

Pease said the woman may have waited to tell GHS staff because she called friends first to ask their advice.

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