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Anchorage Man Indicted for Multiple Sexual Assaults

April 13, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On April 12, 2017, 19 year old JIM PERSEY was indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting 10 women in Anchorage between 2014 and 2016. The grand jury indicted Persey on 24 felony counts, including 13 counts of sexual assault in the first degree.

In April 2016, two women reported to the Anchorage Police Department they had been sexually assaulted by Persey. One woman reported she had been sexually assaulted in late March 2016 and the other reported she had been sexually assaulted on April 14, 2016. The Anchorage Police Special Victims Unit investigated the reports and arrested Persey on April 14, 2016. Following Persey’s arrest, eight more women came forward and reported they had been sexually assaulted by Persey. The Special Victims Unit investigated these reports over the next several months, which led to this week’s indictments.

If convicted at trial, Persey faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison for the sexual assault in the first degree counts. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victims and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Persey is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. He is being held on bail requiring a $100,000 cash appearance bond and a court-approved third party custodian. Persey is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Anchorage at 10:00 a.m. on April 14, 2017.

The District Attorney’s Office and the Anchorage Police Department believe there may be more victims who have not reported to the police. If you believe you were the victim of a sexual assault, please call 911. If you have information you believe may be relevant to this case, please contact Anchorage Police Detective Chris Thomas at (90) 786-8900. If you want to provide information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-STOP (7707) or submit a tip online at http://www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com/

For questions about this press release, please contact District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov.

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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