Injuries delay police interview with weekend rape victim

Woman remains in intensive care unit at Bartlett Hospital

Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2001

A woman police said was brutally sexually assaulted and held hostage overnight Saturday in a vacant house downtown remained hospitalized today.

The woman, 43, was able to contact a downtown resident about 6 a.m. Sunday who called the Juneau Police Department.

Police still have not been able to conduct a detailed interview of the victim due to the severity of the injuries she suffered, Capt. Tom Porter said.

"Doctors are not committing to a time frame to us yet" to schedule an interview, Porter said this morning.

The woman was admitted to the intensive care unit at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Monday. She remains in serious condition in intensive care today, said Marijo Toner, regional affairs coordinator for Bartlett. Details of her injuries were not released.

The woman's alleged assailant, Donald W. Seaman, 46, was arrested on one count of sexual assault and is being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Seaman recently moved to Juneau from New York, but Porter did not know how he earned his living. Police said Seaman and his victim knew each other by name before the alleged crime occurred.

Seaman was not listed on the New York Sex Offender Registry kept by the New York State.

Assistant District Attorney Sue McLean, the prosecutor in this case, was not available for comment this morning.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.

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