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Registered sex offender James Allan Tiegs was found guilty of a lesser included offense during his trial in Roane County Criminal Court last week.
Tiegs, 51, was charged with aggravated sexual battery.
The jury instead found him guilty of misdemeanor assault.
“You always want the result that you argue before the jury,” prosecutor Bill Reedy said. “They just saw it differently than we did, but I don’t ever take issue with the jury’s verdict. They do their job.”
Tiegs won’t face prison time on the assault conviction.
“It’s a Class A misdemeanor,” Reedy said. “Eleven months and 29 days in county jail is the maximum punishment, but it’s also an offense for which you can get probation.”
A second count that Tiegs faced – violation of the sex offender registry – was dismissed on July 8.
His attorney, Chris Cawood, said in a motion that Tiegs was incarcerated in Arizona during the time in which he was supposed to register in Tennessee.
Tiegs was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in February 2012.
In April of that year, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips and Deputy Wes Stooksbury traveled to Phoenix to pick up Tiegs and bring him back to Roane County.
According to court records, Tiegs has convictions in Maricopa County, Ariz., for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children in the second degree.
His address on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry is listed as 130 Garrett St., Harriman.
Reedy said Tiegs will be sentenced on the misdemeanor assault conviction later this year.