Storyteller Jack Dalton sentenced in 2016 underage-sex case
A renowned Alaska Native storyteller was sentenced to two years in prison Friday, after he had sex with a 14-year-old boy last year.
Jack Dalton, 45, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael Corey, according to Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion’s office. Dalton, who pleaded guilty in the case to attempted sexual abuse of a minor, had faced a maximum seven-year sentence in the case.
On Friday, several witnesses testified on Dalton’s behalf; the victim’s parents also discussed the case’s impact on their son. Campion's office said Corey handed down his sentence after telling Dalton he had betrayed the trust of the community, and that "we don't hurt kids, period."
Dalton addressed the court, seeking forgiveness for his actions and saying he understood the justice system.
Anchorage police had arrested Dalton in May 2016 after he and another man exchanged text messages and performed sexual acts with the victim, who had posted a personal ad on Craigslist claiming to be 19 and seeking sex.
Investigators with APD’s Crimes Against Children Unit became involved in the case when the boy’s mother found the text messages on his phone. A detective then texted Dalton from that phone, posing as the victim and admitting “he” was 14; Dalton was taken into custody after he acknowledged the victim was underage and still invited him over for sex.
Upon his release, Dalton will have an additional five years of suspended prison time which can be imposed for any future offenses. He will also spend 10 years on probation and have to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.
Heather Hintze contributed information to this story.
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