Accused rapist faces more charges

Victim remains in intensive care unit

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Additional charges have been filed against the man accused of raping and brutally beating a woman while holding her prisoner overnight on the weekend of April 14-15.

Donald W. Seaman, 46, originally was charged with first-degree sexual assault in the case. Three other charges were discussed as he was arraigned this morning in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Larry Weeks.

Seaman has been held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $50,000 cash bail. He has been a Juneau resident since around December, said police Capt. Tom Porter. Porter said Seaman has an arrest record, though he did not know if any of the previous arrests were felonies.

Today, the district attorney's office charged Seaman with one count of first-degree sexual assault, one count of first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree burglary. The burglary counts involve entering or remaining unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit sexual assault and causing or attempting to cause physical assault.

Sexual assault is punishable by a maximum of 30 years in jail and a $100,000 fine. The assault charge is punishable by 20 years and a $50,000 fine. The burglary counts are punishable by 10 years and a $50,000 fine each.

Assistant District Attorney Sue McLean and defense attorney David Gabert agreed to set another hearing for May 24. A five-day trial was set for July 23. Seaman was informed by Weeks of his right not to testify at the trial.

Police are waiting for the victim's condition to improve sufficiently that she can be interviewed in depth.

The victim, who police said apparently knew Seaman by name, was able to escape from a vacant house above South Franklin Street and ask for help about 6 a.m. on April 15. She was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and underwent several hours of surgery.

The victim has been in intensive care for more than a week, but her condition showed some positive gains this morning. "She is serious but improving," said Marijo Toner, regional affairs coordinator for Bartlett.

Sexual assaults of adults are not common in Juneau. According to the Alaska Court System, the peak in recent years was 10 in 1992-93. The number for the last year available is seven in 1997-98.

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