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Sodomy Convictions Will Put Dallas Man Away For 10 Year

DALLAS -- A Dallas man found guilty in Polk County Circuit Court of multiple sex crimes will serve more than 10 years in prison.

DALLAS -- A Dallas man found guilty in Polk County Circuit Court of multiple sex crimes will serve more than 10 years in prison.

A Polk County jury found Jerry D. Carmickle Jr., 22, guilty of first-degree sodomy, a Measure 11 charge, third-degree sodomy, attempt to commit first-degree rape and first-degree criminal trespass on Aug. 4.

He was found not guilty of first-degree sex abuse and fourth-degree assault.

Judge William Horner acquitted Carmickle of first-degree burglary after considering the prosecutor's evidence on the charge.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gaddis said Carmickle received the Measure 11 mandatory sentence of 100 months -- a little more than eight years -- on the first-degree sodomy charge.

Horner merged the first- and third-degree sodomy charges because both charges stemmed from the same act, Gaddis said. On the attempted rape charge, Horner sentenced Carmickle to two years and one month, consecutive to the 100 months. A sentence of one year on misdemeanor first-degree criminal trespass will run concurrently.

On June 9, Dallas police officers arrested Carmickle following a report that a woman had found him crawling inside a window of her Dallas home.

According to court documents, police interviewed the woman's 15-year-old daughter, who accused Carmickle of two incidents of sexual abuse that occurred in Dallas City Park between the evening of June 8 and early morning of June 9.

Gaddis said she asked for a consecutive sentence on the attempted rape charge given the age of the victim, who testified at the trial, and the fact that Carmickle used force in committing some of the crimes.

"Forcible compulsion cases are always very serious," Gaddis said. "We were very pleased with the sentencing from the court."

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