A former Cal Fire firefighter was sentenced to 15 years and four months in prison Monday on charges of raping an acquaintance.

Jake Schlegel, 35, of Sonora, pleaded guilty last month after reaching a plea agreement with the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.

At that hearing, District Attorney Laura Krieg said Schlegel entered a Main Street Jamestown residence and forcibly raped an unconscious female victim, who awoke during the assault. His fingerprints were found on an outside window used to enter the residence, she added.

Schlegel had been employed since 2002 as a Firefighter 1 in Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, a seasonal position that allows employees to work a maximum of nine months out of the year. He was fired after the arrest.
The victim did not attend Monday’s sentencing.

“I can understand why she doesn’t want to be here,” Judge Donald Segerstrom said.

The judge asked whether Schlegel had any firearms, and his attorney Mark Borden said a Baretta PX4 Storm handgun and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun were surrendered after a domestic violence case 10 years ago.

Krieg said a protective order was in place to keep Schlegel from contacting the victim.

Schlegel pleaded guilty to rape of an unconscious person, sodomy of an unconscious person, first degree burglary with the special allegation of having a person present during the burglary, and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object

Schlegel had also been charged with sexual assault during the commission of the felony first-degree burglary, which carried a potential penalty of seven years to life in prison, but the charge was dismissed.

He has been in custody since his arrest on Oct. 28. He served 157 days and earned 23 days credit for a total of 180 days served so far. Schlegel can receive a 15 percent credit only on his total time because his offense was classified as a violent felony.

He must register as a sex offender following his release.

Schlegel has been in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail since his arrest.

As he was lead out of the courtroom he looked toward someone in the audience and mouthed “Bye. I love you.”

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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