A middle-aged Juneau man is facing 17 felony charges alleging he carried out a clandestine and illegal sexual relationship with a girl who was 14 when the affair started.
The girl, now 17, told the Empire on Monday that she pursued charges against the man earlier this month because he ended their three-year relationship.
Frederick L. Wigg, 48, a motor route carrier for the Juneau Empire, was arraigned Monday in Juneau Superior Court on three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, seven counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor and seven counts of possession of child pornography, all felonies.
According to court records, the charges stem from incidents between January 2000 and June 2003. He is accused of having sex with the girl, whose name wasn't released, from age 14 until she was 17, the record said. He also is accused of photographing her while she performed sexual acts with him and keeping the photos.
Wigg is not represented by an attorney yet, and was unavailable for comment following his Monday arraignment. Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins entered an innocent plea on his behalf at his arraignment.
"He was my first love and all that, and he was actually there for me through some stuff I've been through," the girl told the Empire Monday. "It started with e-mails when I was 14, and he said some stuff that made me uncomfortable at the time. I was going to tell someone, but I didn't. I didn't really know what to do. Then I fell in love with him.
"I think what he did was wrong, because I was pretty young and didn't really know what I was doing. I decided to press charges because we broke up and he started dating someone else."
According to court records, the couple's sexual relationship began while the girl was baby-sitting at the Wigg home. Over the next two and a half years, Wigg would pick the girl up from school and the two would have sex in his truck or in the woods while on camping trips, court records said.
The girl said few people knew about her relationship with Wigg. In October 2002, he suggested they end the relationship until she turned 18, because keeping their relationship a secret was too stressful, the girl said. The girl agreed and they ended the affair. She said she later found out Wigg had been seeing another woman for months before he ended the relationship.
Wigg's trial is set for Aug. 25. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison for the abuse and exploitation charges and up to five years in prison for the pornography charges.
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