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Man accused of felony sexual assault, felony burglary is freed on $20,000 bail

Suspect released to brother on $5,000 cash bail, $15,000 appearance bond

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2001

A man accused of breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her is free on $20,000 bail.

Ora Schoonover, 30, is charged with felony burglary and felony sexual assault stemming from alleged events of Nov. 17. He is accused of breaking into a woman's home and having sex with her without her consent.

He was released Tuesday into the custody of his brother, Earl Schoonover, on $5,000 cash bail and a $15,000 appearance bond. The terms were set by Juneau District Judge Peter Froehlich. Schoonover's conditions of release include being within sight and sound of his brother 24 hours a day, not drinking alcohol, and not having contact with the alleged victim.

"This just doesn't seem like something he would do," said Earl Schoonover in an interview. "He's the youngest one of us. He's the baby. He's always caring about people and he's just not the type of person who would do this."

Assistant District Attorney Dave Brower described the evidence in an affidavit submitted to the court.

The affidavit alleges Ora Schoonover broke into the woman's home by bending a window screen in the bathroom. She told police she woke up when she saw her motion light go on outside of her house. Seeing nothing outside, she went back to sleep. Schoonover allegedly crawled into bed with the woman and began having sex with her, the affidavit said. She woke up and asked him what he was doing. She told police he then got out of her bed, went downstairs, used the bathroom and left the house, the affidavit said.

The affidavit further alleges Schoonover apologized during a later conversation with the woman, said he was in the house and admitted to touching the woman but not to having sex with her.

Schoonover has no prior felony record in Juneau, according to court documents. If convicted, Schoonover could get up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for each count.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.



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