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List of indictments issued Friday

Posted: September 26, 2012 - 12:01am

A Juneau grand jury handed up five indictments on Friday.

• John W. Strickling, 66, was indicted on four counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly engaging in sexual penetration with a person under 13 years of age from Jan. 1, 2002, through Dec. 31, 2009, in Juneau and Ketchikan.

That’s an unclassified felony that can carry up to 99 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Strickling was also indicted on one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with the same person in Ketchikan on or between the same dates listed above. Second-degree sexual abuse of a minor is a class ‘B’ felony that can also carry up to 99 years in prison.

For more about Strickling’s charges, please see the Empire’s story on Wednesday titled, “$100,000 warrant out for man’s arrest.”

• Kevin J. Belcourt, 31, was indicted on one count of third-degree drug misconduct for allegedly possessing a controlled substance, methamphetamine, on Aug. 3 of this year.

That’s a class ‘B’ felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Court records indicate a $10,000 warrant was issued for his arrest. Prosecutors said his last known address was in Eugene, Ore.

• Jose R. Rivera, 49, was indicted on three counts of third-degree drug misconduct for allegedly delivering a controlled substance, cocaine, on Aug. 30, Sept. 5 and Sept. 11 of this year.

Third-degree drug misconduct is a class ‘B’ felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

For more information about Rivera’s charges, please see the Empire’s story on Sept. 13 titled “SEACAD investigation leads to Juneau man’s arrest.”

• Nicholas A. Samaniego, 29, was indicted on two counts of fraudulent use of an access device for allegedly using a debit card issued to Sandra Watson to obtain $300 from First Bank on July 25 and 26 of this year, with intent to defraud.

That’s a class ‘C’ felony that can be carry up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Samaniego was also indicted on one count of second-degree theft, also a ‘C’ felony, for obtaining property of Sandra Watson in the amount of $500 or more, but less than $25,000.

• Joshua Andrews, 23, was indicted on one count of third-degree assault for allegedly recklessly placing Neil Javier in fear of imminent serious physical injury by means of a dangerous instrument, a firearm.

That’s a class ‘C’ felony that can be carry up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Andrews pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge on Tuesday. For more about those court proceedings, please see the Empire’s story on Wednesday titled, “Suspended jail time, probation for alleged gun assault.”

Indictments are not indicative of guilt, but rather formal accusations of illegal activity. The Juneau District Attorney’s Office presents cases to the grand jury each Friday.

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

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