Woman hospitalized after rape

Police postpone interviewing victim due to serious injuries

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2001

A woman remains in the hospital after being sexually assaulted downtown Saturday night.

Donald W. Seaman, 46, was arrested on one count of sexual assault and is being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The police are waiting until the woman comes out of the critical care unit at Bartlett Regional Hospital to interview her about the assault and possibly press additional charges, said Capt. Tom Porter. Her injuries were so bad the police did not try to interview her in detail when they responded to the call Sunday morning.

"She was assaulted to the point that obviously she needed hospitalization," Porter said.

The 43-year-old woman told police Seaman kept her overnight in an unoccupied residence downtown and assaulted her most of the night. At 6 a.m. she woke up a downtown resident, who called the police.

"She just went and found the closest person that she could locate that would notify authorities for her," Porter said.

Seaman was not a complete stranger to the woman, who knew him by name. He told police he recently moved to Juneau from New York.

"Most of the time women know the men who rape them," said Annette Coggins, executive director at the AWARE shelter. "Particularly in Juneau we don't typically have a lot of bad guys jumping out of the bushes and raping you."

The assault was unusual in its brutality though, Coggins said. Most sexual assaults and rapes in Juneau don't involve additional physical violence, she said.

Kristan Hutchison can be reached at khutchison@juneauempire.com.

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