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Sexual Assault Charges Dismissed Against Hospital Security Officer

August 22, 2014

Today, the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office filed a dismissal of charges against 56 year old John Giacalone. On July 17, 2014, Giacalone was arrested on one count of sexual assault in the first degree and one count of sexual assault in the second degree. The charges stemmed from a report of a sexual assault at Alaska Regional Hospital, where Giacalone was employed as a security guard. The Anchorage Police investigated the alleged sexual assault. The Anchorage District Attorney’s Office initially determined that there was probable cause to support the charges based on the evidence available at the time.

The Anchorage Police Department’s Special Victims Unit continued to investigate the allegations against Giacalone. This investigation was conducted in coordination with the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office. After reviewing and analyzing the evidence collected during the subsequent investigation, the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office concluded that in light of all of the available evidence, there exists substantial doubt as to what occurred on the night in question.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Jenna Gruenstein @ (907) 269-6300 or jenna.gruenstein@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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