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Man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

Plea agreement calls for Harley C. Woods to serve eight years

Posted: August 2, 2012 - 12:07am
Harley C. Woods, right, listens to Public Defender Eric Hedland during his change of plea hearing in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday. Woods pleaded guilty to one consolidated count of sexual abuse of a minor and agreed to serve eight years in prison.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Harley C. Woods, right, listens to Public Defender Eric Hedland during his change of plea hearing in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday. Woods pleaded guilty to one consolidated count of sexual abuse of a minor and agreed to serve eight years in prison.

A Juneau man pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing a girl he knew under 13 years old from January 2009 to March 2012.

Harley C. Woods, 35, changed his plea in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Louis Menendez.

Originally indicted on five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, Woods pleaded guilty to one consolidated count of that charge. A more serious charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse of a minor was dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Woods entered into a plea agreement that calls for him to receive 20 years in prison with 12 years suspended, which means eight years to serve. He would also be placed on probation for 15 years after his release and to register with the state sex offender registry for the next 15 years.

Woods’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, said the conditions of probation would be open to the court, and one special condition could be no contact with minors 16 years of age or under.

Menendez will decide whether to accept the plea agreement at an upcoming sentencing hearing scheduled for November.

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

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