Yakutat man's assault charge dismissed

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

JUNEAU - A first-degree sexual assault charge against a Yakutat man has been dismissed due to lack of prosecution.

Alaska State Troopers arrested John Pavlik, 54, at his Yakutat home after they were notified Feb. 2 by Yakutat Clinic staff of a woman who had sustained injuries from an apparent sexual assault.

The woman told police she was introduced to Pavlik at a Yakutat bar during halftime of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 and later drove him home.

The matter was scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. Friday to determine if there was probable cause for the charge. Juneau District Attorney Patrick Gullufsen told Sivertsen the state did not want to proceed with the hearing, according to court records.

Sivertsen dismissed the charge without prejudice, meaning that it could be refiled at a later date. He kept a protective order in place that restrains Pavlik from having any contact with the alleged victim.

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