Assistant County Prosecutor Carrie Heisele said Motz’s deviance was “escalating.”
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She and the victim urged Oda to put Motz in prison. The victim is a 64-year-old woman who was practicing for a triathlon when she heard a “guttural sound” and was grabbed by Motz, who lunged from the brush, pants down.
She was able to break free and run back to her car.
In escaping Motz, she said she injured her foot and no longer feels safe running along the popular trail.
Motz was arrested about a month afterward in a traffic stop.
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“This man’s three minutes of thrill created a health nightmare for me,” she said. “The memory of this assault is with me in every way.”
Motz, who served 119 days in jail while the case was pending, apologized. His lawyer, Timothy McKenna, said a forensic evaluation showed Motz had mental problems best handled through therapy sessions attended while on probation.
Oda barred Motz from coming in contact with the victim or her family and also barred him from the trail vicinity in response to suggestions during the sentencing. The judge warned Motz that he would serve the rest of the 18-month sentence if he violated the terms of his probation.