A 39 year old Fairbanks man faces a maximum 25 year prison term for sexually abusing his step daughter's over a period of a few years.
During hearings early Friday in State Superior Court, James Moses pleaded guilty to a single count of First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor,
as well as a single count of Second Degree Child Sexual Abuse.
Moses, who had been scheduled to stand trial in the case earlier this week, agreed to a deal with state prosecutors instead.
According to an investigation conducted by the Alaska State Troopers, Moses began abusing the two girls in mid-2008, and continued
his behavior through 2011.
The girls, according to Troopers, were between 12 and 15 years of age when the abuse began.
In addition to the 25 year sentence, Moses must also register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
The victims and their family members were in attendance at Fridays hearing.
Many expressed concerns that Moses, if he went to trial in the case, could be acquitted.
"We're satisfied with the deal because he won't be going home anytime soon," said one family member. "It's something."
The victim's father, who asked not to be identified, and who is a non-custodial parent, called the plea deal "an outrage."
"There's no way I can agree to this deal because this has been going on for a long time," the man replied. "People that do alot less get
more jail time than he's getting. It's an outrage."
Moses will be sentenced in mid-July in front of Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle.