Bruises on a 16-year-old girl's arms, damage to her most private places and memories of beer on a relative's breath as he allegedly raped her convinced Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks that a local man deserved six years in prison for his crimes.
Stanley Brown, 47, a former janitor with the Juneau School District, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree sexual assault, a felony, stemming from an offense occurring sometime between 1997 and 2001. According to court records, he gave an adult female family member, whose name was not released, "knock-out drops," waited until she was unconscious, and then had sex with her while he videotaped it.
Weeks on Thursday sentenced Brown to 10 years in prison with four years suspended and five years' probation. Original charges against Brown included third-degree sexual assault and incest, both felonies, stemming from the videotaped assault.
He also was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a felony, stemming from an incident of Feb. 1, during which he allegedly got drunk, then threatened, held down and raped a 16-year-old family member, whose name was not released.
Those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement between defense attorney Patrick Conheady and District Attorney Rick Svobodny.
"I believe her (the girl) and I believe a jury would have believed her," said Weeks as he sentenced Brown.
As part of his sentence, Brown must register as a sex offender and may not seek employment or volunteer service in any field involving minors when he is released. This precludes Brown from returning to his school job.
The abuse-of-a-minor charge, although dropped, was used at Thursday's hearing to establish a pattern of behavior and determine the severity of Brown's sentence for the assault of the adult.
The girl didn't have to give any details about the incident, said the girl's mother, whose name the Empire is not using to protect her daughter's anonymity. The girl just had to say what happened - and she did.
"He raped me," the girl testified Thursday as she convulsed with sobs and then went still.
The girl's mother said afterward, "I thought she was starting to shut down again, but she pulled through. When she was done, she just said, 'I want to go home, Mom. I just want to go home.' "
Brown testified Thursday that he didn't have any sexual contact with the 16-year-old.
Juneau police officer Scott Erickson testified Brown edited 13 of the 17 videotapes depicting sex acts with the adult family member to include sexual noises and to look like pornographic films.
Judge Weeks said he believed the testimony and the videotaped evidence. He found Brown to be a "worst offender," and sentenced him to the maximum sentence allowed by law with suspended time.
One of Brown's relatives doesn't feel justice was served with the sentence.
"It's not justice when the law bends for itself," Brown's sister, Karen Price, said in an interview with the Empire. "He didn't do this (to the girl). I don't believe her and I never have.
"He knows he did wrong to (the adult family member). He made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. You don't know the power alcohol has over you when you are into it. No one understands what it can make you do."
The sentence and the judge's words were appropriate, the girl's mother said.
"She (the girl) doesn't have to prove herself to anyone anymore," the girl's mother said. "She has closure. ... She lost her innocence with this - her trust. ... We're just glad it's over with now and the victims can heal and become survivors."
Melanie Plenda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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