A local man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman while she slept, according to police and charging documents.
Police say they arrested Frank W. Lee, who turned 60 Monday, after receiving a report that a possible sexual assault took place at a residence in the 8900 block of Mendenhall Loop Road.
Lee appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge ordered he be held in custody in lieu of $100,000 cash performance bond.
“These are very serious charges, and I do have serious concerns based on the limited information I have,” Juneau District Court Judge Keith Levy said during the hearing. “ ... So I think that a substantial amount of bail is appropriate.”
The District Attorney’s Office charged Lee with one count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault. Those are unclassified felonies punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
According to an affidavit, the assault occurred as the woman slept at Lee’s house after his birthday celebration. The affidavit states a friend of the woman, who also slept over at the residence that night, reported it to police a little before 5:30 a.m. Monday morning.
The affidavit charges that police later conducted a recorded phone conversation between Lee and the alleged victim, where Lee allegedly gives admissions of guilt.
Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams said in court that Lee knew the alleged victim, and she said police reports indicated Lee had been “grooming” her since the age of 18. Grooming is a term used to describe the actions offenders use to draw victims, either child or adults, into physical relationships to allow for abusive behavior.
“The indication was that he was attracted to her, engaging her in casual touching, attempting to reach the point at which he ultimately assaulted her, which happened just this week,” Williams said during bail arguments. “Given that, the state is extremely concerned about Mr. Lee having contact with the victim, the victim’s security, and the community, if he were to be released.”
Williams added she believed Lee had 10 prior criminal convictions for a variety of crimes, ranging from weapons misconduct, drug misconduct, trespassing and assault.
Levy ordered that Lee have no contact with the alleged victim and other witnesses in the case, should he post bail. Lee told the judge during a financial inquiry that he does not work to support himself, and Levy appointed the public defender agency to represent him. Assistant Public Defender Timothy Ayer reserved bail arguments for a later date.
Levy set a preliminary hearing to be held next Friday, which he said would be vacated if an indictment was issued before that time.
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