A man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 20 years for sexually assaulting a woman in Anchorage three years ago.

According to a release from the attorney general's office, Jessie Evan Sergie, 28, sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman at her home while she slept in October 2016. Anchorage police responded to the woman's residence after a report that she had woken up to Sergie having sex with her.

Sergie, an acquaintance of the woman, had been at her home for a party.

After waking to Sergie, she told him to stop but he ignored her. The release states that Sergie eventually admitted to the assault after being contacted by police.

The woman's mother appeared at Sergie's sentencing, speaking of the "long-lasting trauma" her daughter experienced after the assault. While imposing the sentence, Superior Court Judge Catherine Easter said the epidemic of sexual abuse in Alaska is "tragic" and "has to stop."

Sergie was sentenced for one count of second-degree aggravated sexual assault. On top of time served, he will also be on supervised felony probation for five years.

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