A West Valley man charged with being the so-called Avenues rapist pleaded guilty to two felony charges Monday as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Jack C. Keenan, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony, and one count of burglary, a second-degree felony.He was originally charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault and three counts of aggravated burglary in connection with three separate incidents that occurred within 18 months in Salt Lake City's Avenues, where he once lived.
The first assault occurred March 26, 1989. Court documents state he broke into a house on M Street about 4 a.m. and sexually assaulted a woman. Another woman was raped at a Fifth Avenue residence during the early morning hours of June 4, 1989.
On May 7, 1990, a woman on Third Avenue was raped after Keenan cut the screen of an open kitchen window, police and court documents state. The woman awoke about 3 a.m. to discover a man putting duct tape over her face and threatening to kill her.
As part of the plea bargain, Keenan agreed to accept responsibility for those three incidents, said Salt Lake County deputy attorney Glen Iwasaki. Keenan also agreed to meet with detectives to discuss his involvement in other, similar cases in the Avenues - a "very important complement to the arrangement," he said.
"We agreed to cooperate with police in clearing up some of those cases," said Mitchell Olsen, Keenan's attorney. He said any future confession his client may give to police should put more of his victims' minds at ease.
"Those individual victims of any of the crimes (he may confess to) will be able to rest a little easier knowing the perpetrator of these crimes has been apprehended," said Olsen.
In exchange for Keenan's guilty pleas, prosecutors also agreed to drop all other charges and will not file any new ones.
Keenan will be sentenced Nov. 19 before 3rd District Judge Michael Murphy. He could be faced with 5-years-to-life and 1-to-15-years prison sentences.
"I will recommend that he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Iwasaki said.