Convicted child abuser's weapons trial begins

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2002

JUNEAU - Convicted Sitka child molester Dick Blue Sky goes on trial today on a weapons charge, one of two remaining charges in a nearly 50-count indictment against him.

Sky, 48, and his wife Cynthia, 40, were convicted by a Juneau jury in May on 32 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a felony, and two counts of felony child exploitation. Blue Sky also was found guilty on seven separate counts of felony sexual abuse of a minor.

The charges stem from the sexual abuse of three young girls from 1994-2001 on Bauer Island, 40 miles north of Sitka. The couple was accused of forcing the girls to perform sexual acts with them as part of a "sex club."

Blue Sky is standing trial this week for allegedly having weapons on Bauer Island. He has a previous felony sex abuse conviction of 1988 from Montana. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing weapons.

Past Stories:

• Girls detail alleged abuse by couple (May 17, 2002)

• Girls detail alleged abuse at hands of Sitka couple (May 16, 2002)

• Accused molesters may question girls on the stand (May 16, 2002)

• Sitka sex abuse trial begins in Juneau (May 14, 2002)

The last charge he faces is felony failure to register as a sex offender stemming from the 1988 crime. A trial date has not been set for this charge.

The Skys are lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center awaiting sentencing, which was set for Aug. 19. The defense requested a new sentencing date and a change of venue from the Juneau courts, according to court records. The Skys are expected to be sentenced sometime in October or November in Sitka. They can get up to 30 years in prison for each sex abuse count and up to 10 years for each exploitation of a minor count.

Though appeals have not yet been filed on the May verdict, the couple said they plan to appeal, according to the court record.

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