Anchorage man convicted of attempting to rape elderly woman
On Tuesday, an Anchorage jury convicted a man for attempting to rape an elderly woman three years ago.
The Alaska Department of Law released a statement Wednesday announcing that 60-year-old Rex Weston of Anchorage had been found guilty on a single count of first-degree attempted sexual assault.
The conviction stems from an attack that happened on May 21, 2016, around 4 a.m., the release states.
On that day, Weston pried open the window of the senior housing facility where the 77-year-old victim lived, crawled inside and undressed before climbing on top of her.
The victim, who was sleeping in her bed, woke up and screamed. The release states Weston covered her mouth and told her to be quiet, pinning her arms above her head.
Weston attempted to rape her, but she fought back and was able to kick him off her. She then ran to get help and Weston ran away.
He was tracked by an Anchorage Police Department canine team, who found him at an elementary school.
In addition to Tuesday's conviction, Weston has been convicted of 36 crimes in Alaska. Nine of those are felonies, including sexual abuse of a minor in 1983 and attempted sexual assault in 2001.
His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12.; Weston faces 99 years in prison due to his criminal past.
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