Man charged with raping minor in Juneau

A 19-year-old man was indicted Friday for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in Juneau, an incident prosecutors say came to light when a middle school counselor alerted authorities in October.

Bradley F. Wilson is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly assaulting the girl at his mother’s residence in the East Mendenhall Valley area this past summer. That is an unclassified felony that can be punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Wilson was one of the girl’s friend’s older brothers, and that he approached her the day of the attack while she was playing outside, according to an affidavit.

The Juneau Police Department later obtained a search warrant that allowed them to secretly record a phone call wherein Wilson stated his intentions were “neutral” and that he “made out” with the girl, the affidavit states. Wilson ultimately admitted to sexual penetration, the affidavit states.

Prosecutors charged Wilson via criminal information on Dec. 19, and a $50,000 warrant was issued for his arrest. Court documents show he was arrested by Alaska State Troopers the next day in Haines, which is also where Wilson lists his mailing address.

Wilson is being held in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $50,000 performance bond, and he is slated to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Jan. 2.

During his first felony appearance in court, Wilson’s stepmother told the court he suffers from mental illness. Wilson’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, declined to comment on the case on Monday.

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

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