Man sentenced over baseball bat assault, sex crimes
The men, all from South Dakota, had been accused of sexual assaults during an incident at a bar in Sioux Falls in June 2015.
Rhodes County prosecutors announced that John Wesley Bates and Scott Tackett have been sentenced to between nine and 11 years in prison.
Their attorney, Michael Rochon of Sioux Falls, said during the sentencing hearing that Bates was the oldest of two brothers who lived in South Dakota. Tackett is the oldest of four brothers.
Tackett and Bates are from South Dakota and were friends in their 20s, Rochon said.
One of the victims, who is only identified by her first name, said she had been sitting in the back of a bar before Bates, who was wearing a baseball cap, “grabbed her breasts.”
Tackett allegedly grabbed her by the breasts at least eight times.
She testified at the hearing that she had tried to leave the bar before that, and didn’t know whether anyone would give her a ride to school.
“It’s pretty scary when people say it’s going to happen to you,” she said. “The guy grabbed my breasts and it was just so hard to let go.”
She described her attacker as 5 feet 8 inches and 260 pounds with a skinny build. He was balding, her friends told the judge.
Bates is the uncle of one of the women involved in the case, Tuckett’s attorney, Rochon said.
Prosecutors also charged former basketball player John Wesley Bates, 22, of Sioux Falls, with sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and kidnapping. He was found not guilty on one count of sexual assault.
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Rochon did not give details about why his client was charged with a crime during this incident. He said Bates is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and is currently in high school.
The South Dakota court hearing Tuesday will begin at 7:30 p.m. before Dist광주안마rict Judge Michael T. McBride.