Bail Set at $1M for Male Charged in Sexual Assault
Anchorage Police Department
January 3, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Castro
APD Public Information Officer
Subject: Bail Set at $1M for Male Charged in Sexual Assault
On January 1, 2014 just before 5:30 p.m. Anchorage Police received a call reporting a 17-year-old female had been sexually assaulted by a male outside in the Ocean View area. Detectives with APD’s Special Victims Unit investigated the report and found that an 18-year-old male, identified as Jessye Potts, had met with the female to go for a walk. During the walk, Potts took the victim’s phone, restrained the female and then began sexually assaulting her. The male started to walk away, but then returned. He began to remove the restraints and eventually fled from the scene. After the assault, the female was able to contact a citizen at a nearby residence to ask for help.
Police arrested and charged Potts with one count of kidnapping, four counts of sexual assault in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree, and one count of assault in the fourth degree. Potts bail was set at $1,000,000 cash plus a third party custodian.
“With the victim seeking help quickly, detectives were able to investigate the case in a timely manner and make an arrest. We would like to encourage all victims of sexual assault to report as soon as possible, because in these cases time is of the essence to gather the evidence necessary for a successful prosecution,” said Sgt. McCoy of the Special Victims Unit. “Our justice system has set precedence with regard to this bail amount and we hope this sets a standard for future offenders to ensure the safety of our citizens.”
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