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Man sought for alleged JDHS rape arrested in California

18-year-old caught smuggling aliens from Mexico, authorities say

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2004

A local teen wanted on a high-school rape charge is back in Juneau after he was arrested in California and charged with smuggling illegal aliens from Mexico.

David Northcut, 18, was being held Monday at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. set his bail at $100,000 Friday, during Northcut's initial appearance on first-degree sexual assault charges.

The arrest warrant, issued June 11, alleges that on May 28 in a restroom in the Marie Drake annex of Juneau Douglas High School, Northcut forced sexual intercourse on a 14-year-old girl.

The allegations were reported to police on May 29, after the girl's father learned about the alleged attack, according to the affidavit Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner submitted to the court to justify the warrant.

Northcut graduated from JDHS in June. The affidavit states that after police talked about the incident to Northcut, he left on June 9 for Seattle, using his graduation money.

Northcut was arrested in California. Assistant District Attorney Jack Schmidt alleged at Northcut's Juneau hearing Friday that he was caught smuggling illegal aliens.

Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson in Anchorage said troopers transported Northcut after learning from authorities in California that they had arrested someone wanted for a crime in Alaska.

Schmidt argued Friday for bail to be set at $100,000 because of the seriousness of the Juneau charges and a risk he would flee.

Court records show Northcut indicated he had a San Diego attorney who is able to practice law in Alaska.

Sivertsen scheduled a July 19 preliminary hearing to determine if there is probable cause for the felony charges. If probable cause is found for the charges, Northcut will be asked to enter a plea at a Superior Court arraignment.

The Juneau warrant charges two counts of first-degree sexual assault; two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, alleging other sexual contact with the 14-year-old girl.

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.



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