Man pleads to reduced sex charges involving minor

Whitman placed on two-years probation, required to register as sex offender

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2003

A 21-year-old Juneau man has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor after facing a felony indictment alleging he had sex with a girl younger than 16.

Evan Whitman pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse of a minor at least 16 years old. The September grand jury indictment alleged the girl was about two months short of her 16th birthday when Whitman had sexual relations with her during the summer.

The original charge - second-degree sexual abuse of a minor - could have carried a prison term of up to 10 years.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks on Wednesday imposed unsuspended jail time totaling 490 days, a little more than 16 months. The sentence also covered Whitman's guilty pleas to a misdemeanor charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor and two probation violations.

Weeks imposed 365 days in jail - the maximum for a misdemeanor - with 180 days suspended for the reduced sexual abuse charge. Weeks ordered that time to be served in addition to a jail sentence of 365 days with 180 suspended for the alcohol charge, 30 days for one probation violation and 90 days for the other.

Weeks also placed Whitman on probation for two years and required him to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.

At his sentencing hearing, Whitman told the court he had dropped out of high school and had not had many girlfriends. He said when the victim in this case took a liking to him, it was hard for him to say no.

He also told the judge he knew he made a mistake and was willing to pay for what he had done. He said he planned to get his high school equivalency certificate and return to Oregon.

The victim's mother told the judge her daughter was impressionable. Both Whitman and the girl sought each other out, but she added that Whitman was supposed to be the mature adult.

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