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Man charged, arraigned for child sex abuse

Posted: May 11, 2012 - 12:07am

A Juneau District Court judge Thursday maintained $100,000 bail for a man who was arrested this week on multiple felony sexual abuse of a minor charges.

Judge Thomas Nave kept the bail amount and appointed the Public Defender Agency to represent 34-year-old Harley C. Woods. During a financial inquiry under oath, Woods told the judge he has been unemployed for about a month.

The Juneau Police Department arrested Woods on a $100,000 Alaska State Trooper warrant Wednesday. He appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment, and is next expected to be in court for a preliminary hearing later this month. If he is indicted before then, that hearing will be vacated.

District Attorney David Brower charged Woods via criminal information with one count of first-degree attempted sexual abuse of a minor, a class ‘A’ felony, and five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a class ‘B’ felony.

The charges stem from alleged sexual contact with a person known to him under 13 years old from January 2009 to March 2012, according to the criminal information.

Online court records indicate Woods’ only prior criminal history is a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) conviction for criminal mischief in 2000.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct sentencing ranges for the alleged offense.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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