Chevak man gets 25 years for sexually abusing 7-year-old foster child
A man who admitted to sexually abusing his foster child in Chevak has been ordered to serve a quarter century in state prison.
The Alaska Department of Law announced 60-year-old Peter Gumlickpuk’s sentence Thursday. His prison term, after pleading guilty to second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, was handed down Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Terrence Haas.
The acts which led to Gumlickpuk’s sentence took place in Chevak in 2017.
“Gumlickpuk’s wife walked in on him fondling their foster [child] while he read to the child from the Bible,” prosecutors wrote in a statement. “She confronted him, and he confessed to abusing the child. Investigation by Sergeant Teague Widmier of the Bethel’s Violent Offenders Unit, a dedicated unit of Alaska State Troopers, revealed multiple incidents of sexual abuse.”
On Wednesday Dara Gibson, the assistant district attorney in the case, discussed “the irreparable emotional harm Gumlickpuk had inflicted on the child victim.”
“The child victim, Gumlickpuk’s wife, and another witness spoke at sentencing about the significant damage Mr. Gumlickpuk’s actions had wrought in their lives,” prosecutors wrote. “They also spoke about steps they are taking to heal and their hopes for the future.”
Prosecutors said Gumlickpuk, originally from New Stuyahok, apologized for his actions at Wednesday’s hearing. His public defender, Nathaniel Hainje, said Gumlickpuk has been trying to reform his behavior.
Gumlickpuk will also be required to register as a sex offender. When he leaves prison, he will spend 15 years on supervised release.
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