66-year-old man gets over 50 years for sexual abuse of child
An Anchorage judge has sentenced a 66-year-old man to serve over 50 years for sexually abusing a child in his neighborhood.
According to a release from the Alaska Attorney General’s office, evidence at trial showed Paul Harris lured the girl under the guise of taking a ride on his mobility scooter. He gave her a ride and then abused her in a wooded area near the sidewalk.
The child reported the abuse to her father who called police.
Harris called police too, asking for help because he was afraid of the girl’s father.
“During Harris’s call to 911, Harris admitted he sexually abused the child and that he knew she was very young,” the release reads.
Because of his prior convictions, Harris faced a sentence of 40-60 years.
Assistant District Attorney Betsy Bull asked the court to impose 52.5 years because Harris is “every parent’s worst nightmare” and didn’t have a good chance of being rehabilitated.
Judge Erin Marston agreed, saying the case was incredibly serious and that Harris’ crimes had been escalating since his convictions began in 1985.
The victim’s family participated in the trial and sentencing on her behalf.
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