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Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault downtown

Posted: November 28, 2012 - 1:00am

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A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in downtown Juneau earlier this month is scheduled to go to trial in February.

Kevin Arnold Slats, 21, appeared in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault.

Police arrested Slats on Nov. 10, hours after the alleged victim reported the incident to the Juneau Police Department.

Slats was indicted the following week by a grand jury on the two felony sex crimes for knowingly engaging in sexual penetration with the alleged victim without her consent.

The alleged victim said she knew Slats and had a few alcoholic beverages with him the morning of the assault, Saturday, Nov. 10, according to an affidavit filed by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Polasky.

But later in the day while walking behind Taku Store Smokeries near the cruise ship docks, Slats told her she owed him for the drinks, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit alleges Slats pulled her toward him, pulled her pants down and held her down while she resisted.

The affidavit alleges Slats sexually assaulted her while she told him to stop, tried to fight him off and yelled for help, according to the affidavit.

The woman, whose identity is protected in court documents, said afterward Slats gave her a few shots of alcohol from a bottle and told her not to tell police or he would kill her, according to the affidavit.

Police said in an earlier release that the woman, whom police identified as being 37 years old, reported the incident at about 1:26 p.m., Nov. 10. She identified Slats as her assailant, police said.

The woman was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Meanwhile, police interviewed Slats at about 3:15 p.m., and arrested him at about 6 p.m. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Slats maintained his innocence during the police interview, according to the affidavit.

Slats told police he had consumed alcohol with the woman that morning, and that they walked around downtown Juneau, but that he turned around while she kept walking at about 11:30 a.m., according to the affidavit.

Slats denied ever touching her, or even having walked past the old parking garage, the affidavit states.

Police said they obtained a search warrant and took Slats to the hospital to be processed for evidence. Police also processed the scene for evidence.

Slats is being held in custody at LCCC in lieu of $50,000 bond, half of that is an appearance bond, and half performance bond. He is represented by public defender Eric Hedland.

Slats is next scheduled to appear in court in January for an omnibus hearing and February for a pretrial hearing.

Judge Louis Menendez tentatively scheduled a five-day trial to begin Feb. 11.

First-degree sexual assault is an unclassified felony that can carry up to 99 years in prison.

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

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