ANCHORAGE - A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl who he abducted at the Anchorage airport has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor.
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Alexander Guest, 42, said at his sentencing Tuesday that he did not remember assaulting the girl, who was not even potty trained at the time of the incident in 2003. He was found highly intoxicated and carrying the girl, who was a stranger to him, outside the airport shortly after her disappearance.
Guest has been convicted of sexual abuse in other cases. As part of a plea agreement meant to spare the girl the ordeal of a trial, he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. A charge of first-degree sexual assault of a minor was dropped as part of the deal.
The girl's mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the child's identity, said the girl, who is now 7, had to be sedated at the hospital following the incident, and that her personality changed after the attack, which she still remembers.
"You left bruises on her thighs, her tiny baby thighs," the mother said to Guest at sentencing, her voice shaking. "She's scared of everything and everybody ... She carries this weight on her shoulders."
The mother told Judge Philip Volland that the girl was curled up with a blanket and a pacifier when she was snatched from her seat and taken into some nearby bushes, where she was molested.
Guest will likely serve at least 16 years before he becomes eligible for parole, said prosecutor Taylor Winston.
The case took four years to close because of legal battles over admitting evidence and a change in defense lawyers, Winston said. The charges might have been difficult to stick on Guest in a trial because so much time has passed and the defense has gotten some important evidence excluded, she said.