After hearing “not guilty” echo three times through the courtroom gallery, the victim’s mother briskly exited the courtroom.
Upon her return, the woman took the stand to ask Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin for the maximum punishment possible on the fourth count: sexual battery.
“My life has been nothing but a living hell,” she said.
Jamieson Leland Allen was acquitted on most charges in a case where he was accused of pretending to be a doctor and sexually assaulting a young man.
The Gainesville man was sentenced to 12 months of probation, with the first 60 days to be served in custody.
“This behavior, even given the fact that the jury only found you guilty of a misdemeanor, is very disturbing,” Gosselin said at sentencing.
On the stand, the victim’s mother said she worries every time the phone rings.
“I don’t let my son walk outside alone by himself anymore,” she said.
The victim chose not to testify when asked by Chief Assistant District Attorney Wanda Vance.
Allen was acquitted of practicing medicine without a license, aggravated sodomy and sodomy. He was convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery.
His previous 10 days in jail will count toward his sentence. In addition to time served, Allen was also instructed to have no contact with the victim’s family, have a sex offender evaluation, perform 80 hours of community service and write an apology letter.
“I want that to be sincere, Mr. Allen,” Gosselin said. “I don’t want that to be something that you just do because you have to.”
The victim’s mother expressed her concern of Allen being a repeat offender.
“If he has no consequences, it will happen again, and next time it’s going to be somebody else’s son,” she said. “I would never put anybody through the things that me and my son are going through right now.”
Following the reading of the verdict, defense attorney Hammond Law brought a handful of character witnesses to testify to Allen’s caring nature.
One woman testified about Allen as a family man who also has been spending roughly two and a half years caring for her elderly parents.
Renae Ackerman, who said she has known Allen for about 20 years, said the man was a “supportive father, not only to his children” but also others in the community.
“I couldn’t ask for them to be any better,” Linda Dotson said of Allen and his partner. “They’re just terrific parents, and their children are so well-adjusted.”
Law lobbied the judge for probation.
“He’s got to carry this the rest of his life,” the defense attorney said, adding that his client lost his job following the charges.
A juror said three or four on the panel had a change of heart between the Friday deliberations and their return on Monday.
“What I heard them saying was they basically still thought the same about whether or not it happened, but the doubts they had got a lot more reasonable over the weekend,” the juror said.
Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said his office was grateful for the support of Rape Response, Gainesville Police Investigator Brad Raper and all others “who sought to see the defendant’s predatory behavior stop.”
“The State is grateful to the jury for its recognition through the conviction that the defendant's young victim was the subject of an unlawful nonconsensual sexual attack,” Darragh said in a statement.