Sex offender who moved to Alaska for 'fresh start' sentenced to 46 years in sex abuse case
An Anchorage judge on Tuesday sentenced 40-year-old Richard Abrahamson to 46 years in prison for sexual abuse and exploitation of a minor.
After a three-week trial, a jury convicted Abrahamson on Jan. 29 on all counts charged: three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of unlawful exploitation of a minor.
According to a release from the Alaska Department of Law, the then 13-year-old victim told his mother that Abrahamson abused him twice while babysitting him. The victim also said Abrahamson took a nude photo during the abuse.
KTVA previously reported Abrahamson came to Alaska for a "fresh start." According to court documents, Abrahamson was convicted of sexual abuse in Iowa in 1995, when he was 15 years old. Abrahamson broke into a neighborhood home, kidnapped a 10-year-old boy, then sexually abused him.
During the investigation in 2016, Abrahamson told detectives he came to Alaska because because he was not required to register as a sex offender, since the crime happened when he was a minor. Public safety officials say out-of-state juveniles adjudicated with a sex offense in the juvenile court system are not required to register as sex offenders in Alaska, including juveniles who commit rape.
In addition to the 46 years in prison, Abrahamson was sentenced to 25 years suspended. He will be on probation for another 15 years and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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