Man guilty of sexual abuse sentenced to 25 years

Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2007

A Juneau man found guilty of molesting a 9-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison.

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Charles Littlefield, 34, was found guilty in September of first- and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He had been indicted in May.

According to court testimony, Littlefield was baby-sitting the girl in a motel near downtown in November 2005. According to the girl, known in court only by her initials, Littlefield fondled her and sexually abused her.

Because the incidents happened so closely together, the two convictions were later combined into one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Littlefield claims the incident never happened.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins also gave Littlefield a 10-year suspended sentence and 10 years of probation.

Before sentencing Littlefield, Collins spoke about the seriousness of what he did and his criminal record, which dates back more than 15 years and includes two previous felonies.

"This was an offense that involved a very young child," she said, adding that his chances of rehabilitation were "grim."

Littlefield said and did little during the hearing. He declined to make a statement when given the opportunity by Collins.

District Attorney Doug Gardner said that while there are never any winners in molestation trials, he was satisfied with Friday's outcome.

"It's satisfying knowing that the public is better protected," he said. "No sentence can ever buy back the innocence lost by the kind of criminal act Mr. Littlefield has been convicted of committing."

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