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Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2005

Man sentenced on child sex charge

JUNEAU - A 47-year-old man was ordered last week to serve three years in prison after agreeing to plead guilty to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Richard C. Lundy was arrested in February in Juneau on a warrant charging him with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor more than two years earlier. The child was 11 at the time.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks ordered Lundy to serve three years in prison with another three years suspended and placed him on probation for seven years. After Lundy completes his sentence, he will be required to maintain registration as a sex offender for 15 years.

Weeks also ordered the Alaska Department of Corrections to provide Lundy the opportunity to receive meaningful sex-offender treatment during his incarceration. The state's prisons have not provided in-prison sex-offender treatment for more than two years.

Similarly, Weeks ordered sex-offender treatment earlier in the year for Richard Callahan, a 61-year-old man he ordered to serve eight years in prison after the defendant pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

Alaska Chief Assistant Attorney General Dean Guaneli said Weeks recently rejected a motion to change Callahan's sentence to strike the sex-offender treatment requirement.

"The department is certainly going to comply with the judge's orders," he said. But his office also is evaluating whether to appeal the orders to provide sex-offender treatment. He said such treatment not offered by the state would have to be funded from other programs.

"Experiences with sex-offenders treated in the program was not that good," he said.

Man fined for illegally taking brown bear

JUNEAU - A 37-year-old man was ordered last week to pay $4,500 in fines and $1,900 in restitution after agreeing to plead guilty to charges that included negligently taking a brown bear as a nonresident hunter not accompanied by a guide.

Roy Claasen, who listed a Juneau address when he was cited, also agreed to plead guilty to negligent possession of a brown bear and two counts of making false statements. Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. also placed Claasen on probation for two years with his hunting privileges suspended during that time, and suspended another $4,500 in fines from his sentence, according to court records and Alaska State Trooper reports. The reports also show Claasen was ordered to forfeit an illegally taken brown bear and black bear to the state.

According to troopers, the charges grew out of an investigation by wildlife-enforcement officers in May after Claasen allegedly killed a brown bear near Cowee Creek, which flows into Berners Bay.



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