By Joe Johnson
A Clarke County judge recently handed a 15-year sentence to a former UGA student who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in Athens nearly two years ago.
Tarick Ahmad Alshaer, 28, on Dec. 12 pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with the intent to rape and false imprisonment.
Judge Lisa Lott ordered Alshaer to serve a 15-year sentence, the first eight years of which in confinement and the balance on probation.
However, the confinement portion of the sentence is to be suspended upon Alshaer’s s completion of a residential substance abuse treatment program, according to the sentencing document that was filed in Clarke County Superior Court.
Upon completing the program, a condition of Alshaer’s probation is that he must undergo sex offender evaluation and follow any of the evaluation’s recommendations, according to court records.
The incident for which Alshaer was sentenced occurred early the morning of March 10, 2018 at his home on Bloomfield Street, near the University of Georgia’s North Campus.
Alshaer’s Facebook page indicates he currently resides in Atlanta but began attending UGA in 2017.
Police and court records do not mention whether Alshaer or the victim were UGA students at the time of the incident.
Two 24-year-old women met Alshaer at his home and together went to meet up with friends at a bar downtown, according to a redacted Athens-Clarke County police report.
According to the report, the trio visited two other bars where Alshaer “kept offering to buy the women alcoholic drinks, but they refused.”
After returning to Alshaer’s home, one of the women passed out on a bed and Alshaer began touching her, at which time the woman yelled for him to stop and went into a den area where she laid on a couch, according to the report.
Alshaer then reportedly went into the den and laid partially on the victim, fondled her and reached into her pants. The victim pushed Alshaer away and loudly told him to stop, the police report noted.
When the woman confronted Alshaer about his behavior the next morning, he did not appear to be remorseful, according to the police report.
The two women later met up with Alshaer where they used a cellphone to record him confessing to what he had done, according to the report.
Alshaer was subsequently arrested on warrants in April 2008.
He remained free on a $22,200 good security bond until he entered non-negotiated guilty pleas last week and was sentenced.
Anyone who has been sexually assaulted or knows someone who has can contact The Cottage Sexual Assault Center. The agency provides a range of free services for children and adult victims of sexual and physical abuse, including medical accompaniment, advocacy, referrals and support groups.