A former Cal Fire firefighter pleaded guilty to rape and other charges Monday morning in Tuolumne County Superior Court.
According to Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg, the plea agreement carries a 15 year and four month sentence.
Jake Schlegel, 35, of Sonora, sat in the rear row of the jury box in a black and white striped Tuolumne County Jail uniform and green undershirt, scanning the room before the start of his hearing. Schlegel held his seat for multiple hearings, often glancing at Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies to his left or to Judge Donald Segerstrom on his right.
When Schlegel rose, holding a purple folder, he appeared stricken but prepared for the upcoming plea deal.
He 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
Krieg said Schlegel had entered a residence on Main Street in Jamestown 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 was arrested Oct. 28 at the Pizza Factory in Jamestown by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies investigating a report of the sexual assault reported earlier in the day.
According to a Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office news release, Schlegel had known the victim.
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.
Schlegel was fired after his arrest.
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.
Following Schlegel’s guilty plea to the count of rape of an unconscious person, Segerstrom noted to him that he would have to submit to a blood test. Additionally, Schlegel must register as a sex offender following his release.
Schlegel can receive a 15 percent credit only on his total time because his offense was classified as a violent felony.
Schlegel has been in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail since his arrest.
Krieg suggested a 10-year protective order for the victim, despite Schlegel being in prison for the duration of the order.
Segerstrom said probation would be referred to for a pre-sentence report and scheduled a sentencing hearing for 1:30 p.m. April 2 in Department 1 of the Tuolumne County Superior Court.