A sex offender from Iowa said he chose to move to Alaska believing he wouldn't have to register as a sex offender. He was right — and it's a reality that would continue, even if the governor's crime bills become law. 

A jury convicted 39-year-old Richard Abrahamson on several felony charges Tuesday. The case stemmed from an assault on a child in April 2016, days after he arrived in Anchorage. 

KTVA reported details from a bail memorandum Wednesday: 

" [The victim] was taken for a child forensic interview and examination at Alaska CARES and disclosed that ABRAHAMSON had engaged in sexual contact and penetration while acting as [the victim's] babysitter..."

The boy also said Abrahamson had taken photos of him using a green Samsung cell phone, which APD's Cyber Crimes Unit was able to obtain and analyze.

According to the memorandum, one of the photos generated a time stamp and GPS coordinates that corresponded to the hotel on the weekend Abrahamson was babysitting the boy:

"That exploitative photograph of [the victim] taken April 10 was labeled by ABRAHAMSON 'Meine Liebst.jpg', which means 'My Love' in German."

According to court documents, Abrahamson was convicted of sexual abuse in 1995, when he was 15 years old. Abrahamson broke into a neighborhood home, kidnapped a 10-year-old boy, then sexually abused him.

Because he was adjudicated as a juvenile, the State of Alaska did not require Abrahamson to register as a sex offender here. Abrahamson told detectives he decided to move to Alaska for a "fresh start." 

A request for comment sent to Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office on Wednesday was unanswered at the time of publication of the original report.

One of Dunleavy's four crime bills includes a provision that would require most sex offenders who have to register in other states to also register in Alaska. Attorney General Kevin Clarkson said the measure is designed to, "fill the hole that exists in Alaska law that encourages sex offenders to come to Alaska."  

On Friday, a spokesperson for the governor said the new laws won't make a difference when it comes to sex offenders who committed their crimes as juveniles. In an email, press secretary Matt Shuckerow wrote, "The short answer is that the bill does not require an individual convicted as a juvenile to register." 

If passed, the bill as written would adjust the statutes in response to an Alaska Supreme Court ruling that makes it difficult for the state to force people with out-of-state convictions for sex crimes to register.

The legislation still won't affect offenders like Abrahamson who are able to escape the registry and fly under the radar in Alaska. 

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