Man pleads guilty to sex assault of minor

Plea deal calls for 15 to 45 years prison time

Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A 49-year-old Juneau man pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts involving sexual abuse of a minor.

Nicholas Fawcett Jr. admitted to Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in February in Juneau. He was originally indicted by a grand jury on seven felony counts, including kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison.

Fawcett pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. The plea agreement calls for 15 to 30 years in prison for the first count and 5 to 15 years for the second charge.

Collins will decide if the jail time will be served concurrently or consecutively. District Attorney Doug Gardner said in court Monday that he will likely argue for the sentences to be served concurrently.

Fawcett will also face a minimum of 10 years on probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Collins scheduled sentencing to take place in January.

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