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Man indicted for 2009 sex assault to be transferred to Ketchikan

Posted: August 22, 2012 - 12:02am
Jeremy Raphael, also known as huckleberry finn, walks in to  Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for his arraignment on a sexual abuse charge from 2009 in Ketchikan.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
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Jeremy Raphael, also known as huckleberry finn, walks in to Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday for his arraignment on a sexual abuse charge from 2009 in Ketchikan.

Editor’s Note: A jury acquitted Jeremy R. Raphael, also known as huckleberry finn, on all charges related to this case during a trial in Ketchikan in December 2012. It is the Empire’s policy to provide an update if a defendant is found not guilty, charges are dismissed or if a conviction is reversed on appeal or expunged.

A Juneau judge ordered a Sitka man to be held on $100,000 bond and transported to Ketchikan, where he’s wanted for sexual assault.

Thirty-three-year-old Jeremy R. Raphael, who legally changed his name to huckleberry finn, all lowercase letters, shuffled into Juneau Superior Court Tuesday in leg and arm shackles, blue prison garb and hair long past his shoulders.

A grand jury in Ketchikan issued an indictment last week charging him with one count of first-degree sexual assault for engaging in sexual penetration with a person without consent in November 2009.

First-degree sexual assault is an unclassified felony that can carry a maximum possible penalty of up to 99 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Nick Polasky declined to comment on the time lag between the alleged 2009 offense and 2012 indictment in an interview, and the matter was not addressed in court.

Polasky said finn was arrested Friday while in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. He was being held at LCCC in connection to three Sitka cases that are still pending — one for fourth-degree assault and the two for violating conditions of release, Polasky said.

Polasky argued for the $100,000 bail amount to be maintained, citing finn’s criminal history. Polasky said finn has two prior convictions in Ketchikan — for filing false information in 2009 and sixth-degree drug misconduct in 2010.

Polasky said finn then moved to Sitka, where he amassed four convictions, three of which were for same incident: leaving scene of an accident, driving with a revoked license, reckless driving and violating conditions of release.

“I think based on that pattern of events — the assault-four and the two VCOR’s — Mr. finn has a little bit of trouble violating conditions of release,” Polasky said. “So I think it merits extremely high bail.”

finn did not have an attorney with him in court Tuesday. Pallenberg ordered he be transported to Ketchikan to appear before Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey, who is assigned to the new sex assault case. A hearing is scheduled in Ketchikan this Friday.

Pallenberg appointed the Public Defender Agency in Ketchikan to represent finn. During a financial inquiry, finn told the judge he worked at the Fortress of the Bear in Sitka for the past two years. That’s a nonprofit education and rescue center for orphaned brown bear cubs.

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

Editors' note:The Empire incorrectly reported the spelling of an assistant district attorney’s name. The correct spelling is Nick Polasky.

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