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Eric Gomez Convicted of Attempted Sexual Assault

August 28, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On August 24, 2017, an Anchorage jury found 20 year old Eric Gomez guilty of attempted sexual assault in the first degree after an eleven day trial. The conviction was based on an incident that occurred on April 8, 2015.

The evidence at trial showed that Gomez, a Guatemalan national, met the victim at the Anchorage Bus Accommodation Center six days after arriving in Anchorage. After drinking together, the victim told Gomez that she was not interested in having sex with him. Gomez retrieved a knife from the kitchen, held it to the victim's throat, and started pulling off her pants. Two other occupants of the apartment heard the struggle and pulled the defendant off. The victim ran from the apartment, naked from the waist down, and called the police. Gomez was arrested on the scene.

Assistant District Attorney James Klugman, who prosecuted the case, expressed his thanks to the Anchorage Police Department, and particularly the detectives of the Special Victims Unit. "These officers' hard work, dedication, and persistence is essential to keeping our community safe and holding criminals accountable," Klugman said.

Superior Court Judge Jack Smith, who presided over the trial, scheduled sentencing for January 5, 2018. Gomez faces a presumptive sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison. Judge Smith ordered him to be held without bail pending sentencing.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney James Klugman at (907) 269-6300 or james.klugman@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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