Skagway man pleads guilty to attempted sexual assault

Allen Dills, 38, likely to serve 16 months in prison after pleading down from rape charge

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009

A 38-year-old Skagway man pleaded guilty Monday to attempted sexual assault in the second degree after a plea deal spared him of up to 30 years in prison for rape.

Allen Dills will likely serve 16 months in prison and spend five years on probation for an assault that took place in the early morning of Dec. 29 in Skagway, according to court documents. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 28 in Juneau.

Dills was originally charged with sexual assault in the first degree for the attack on his roommate, also a former girlfriend. His lawyer had filed a motion to suppress evidence on the charge, claiming that the Skagway Police Department had violated Dills' constitutional rights by illegally detaining him the morning of the incident and conducting an illegal interrogation.

Police received a 911 call at about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 29, from the victim's boyfriend, who claimed Dills had sexually assaulted her about an hour earlier. As police interviewed the victim, identified as A.B. in court records, she told them Dills had held her down, pulled off her pants and sexually assaulted her.

"No. Don't do this," she said repeatedly, according to the police affidavit. She said Dills insulted her, according to the document. While Dills was on top of her, A.B. said she tried to fight him off by scratching him on the neck and shoulders.

Dills stopped after A.B. told him she chipped a tooth, according to court documents. After she got dressed, she said Dills grabbed her wrist and she got away by trying to burn him with a lit cigarette.

Later, police found Dills at a friend's house around 3 a.m. His lawyer claims the police entered the home uninvited and without a warrant and rousted Dills from a sound sleep. The police began interrogating him before taking him to his apartment for more questioning.

Dills was taken to the Skagway police station at about 5 a.m. and was read his Miranda rights. According to Dills' lawyer, police continued the interrogation and claimed to have a voice analysis machine more effective than a polygraph test that was 100 percent effective at detecting lies.

After repeatedly denying the accusations, Dills admitted to fighting with A.B. and wrote out a statement at the direction of the police, according to court documents.

"The defendant did also admit that while still holding the victim down against her will, he asked her to have sex with him and she continued to ask him to stop," according to the police affidavit.

Dills is being held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center awaiting sentencing.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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