Judge gives maximum sentence to Logan man for stalking teenage boy

LOGAN — A 69-year-old Logan man was given the maximum sentence, zero-to-five-years in prison, for trying to lure a teenage boy into having sex with him.

Thomas M. Thackeray appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning after pleading guilty in October to stalking, a third-degree felony.

Judge Thomas Willmore called Thackeray’s behavior scary and said he couldn’t even begin to understand it. He ordered his sentence to run consecutively with another sentence of one-to-15-years that the defendant is serving for a similar conviction in 2009.

Police report that while Thackeray was on parole in June, he was caught on security video mailing sexually-explicit packages to a Logan High School student. Officers claimed he sent at least five packages to the alleged victim, containing adult-oriented material and letters.

During Monday’s sentencing, Thackeray said he chose to stalk the victim after seeing a photo of him in a news story. He told the court that he accepted full responsibility for what he did and that he needed further help.

State attorney Jacob Gordon argued that Thackeray had already received treatment in prison before being released on parole. He explained how in 2002 the defendant mailed similar type packages to a football player at Clearfield High School. He asked the court for the maximum sentence and keep him from being released.

“There is nothing more we can do for him,” said Gordon.

Public defender Michael McGinnis said Thackeray had been dealing with these sexual tendencies his whole life. He expressed hope that the defendant could one day live without those desires.

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