After three days of trial proceedings in Delta Junction, jurors late Wednesday convicted a 52 year old accused sex offender for abusing a 16 year old girl in 2012.
Jurors found Viktor Malyk guilty of Second Degree Sexual Assault, a felony, and Fourth Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor, a Misdemeanor, but acquitted him of the more serious felony
charges of First Degree Sexual Assault, and Second Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor.
According to Alaska State Troopers, they received a report from the girl's parents in February, 2012 that Malyk had been "engaging in sexual contact with the girl over whom he had
a position of authority."
The assault's are said to have taken place at Malyk's home in Delta.
Troopers say after the incidents occurred, Malyk went to the girl's home and apologized to her parents for "having sexual relations with" their daughter.
He also wrote a letter of apology, claimed he "was intoxicated, and would either seek treatment or face the law."
In mid-March, 2013 Malyk was given the opportunity to strike a plea deal with prosecutors on a reduced sentence.
Against the wishes of his Public Defender, Brent Bennett, Malyk asked to be tried by a jury of his peers instead.
Malyk had been charged with two counts of Sexual Assault, as well as Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Second and Fourth Degree at the time.
As part of that plea deal, Malyk would have pleaded guilty to a single count of Second Degree Sexual Assault, and received a sentence of nine years in jail.
Malyk also would have been ordered to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years.
In light of the jury's verdict, Malyk could receive a harsher sentence that what was initially proposed had he taken the plea deal.
Sentencing in the case is set for December 10.