A 49-year-old Juneau man was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.
Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins also sentenced Nicholas Fawcett, Jr. to 10 years probation following his release from prison and he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Fawcett admitted to sexually abusing the girl on two separate occasions on Feb. 3, 2009, at a home in the Mendenhall Valley. He admitted to showing the victim a knife and threatening to kill one of her siblings if she told anyone about the abuse.
"The Legislature said that sex offenses are crimes of violence," Juneau District Attorney Doug Gardner said during sentencing. "Much like domestic violence, they are about power and control and that's what Mr. Fawcett left the victim with in this case - scared all night, sleeping with a knife."
Fawcett was originally indicted by a grand jury on seven felony counts, including kidnapping, assault in the third degree, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, and three counts of sexual assault in the second degree. He pleaded down to just two felony charges.
Public defender David Seid argued Wednesday that Fawcett should only be sentenced to 15 years in prison for the offense.
"Fifteen years is a heck of a long time for anyone," he said, adding that the assault was a "one-time event."
Fawcett briefly addressed the court during the sentencing and apologized to the victim and her family.
"I basically threw away a whole family over a couple of stupid acts," he said.
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