Abuser of minor settles for 15 years

Posted: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

A man facing 45 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor has agreed to serve 15 years in prison, according to a document filed by his attorney.

Donald James Chase, 48, would be sentenced to 30 years in prison with half of the time suspended after pleading guilty to a single count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, the document signed by defense attorney David Mallet states. Chase had pleaded not guilty to the July 23 grand jury indictment that also charged him with one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

The indictment alleged the acts took place between Jan. 1990 and April 1996.

On Monday, Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks scheduled an April 5 hearing to take Chase's change of plea and sentence him.

The sentence Mallet detailed also would place Chase on probation for 10 years and require lifetime sex-offender registration. While it would impose no fine, it would require Chase to pay $5,000 in restitution to the victim for psychological injuries suffered.

The victim is now a 23-year-old woman.

As a condition of probation, Chase would not be allowed unsupervised contact with females under the age of 18. The condition specifically refers to the child of the sexual abuse victim.

Mallet had filed a pretrial motion seeking to limit evidence that Chase was the father of the child. He noted that there had been no scientific tests to determine the question and added that it was irrelevant whether anyone believed Chase to be the father because the child was conceived after the victim turned 16, at a time when it was legal for Chase to have consensual sex with her.

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