NEWS UPDATE: Child rapist gets 8 year sentence.

A 27 year old man was given an 8 year prison sentence for sexually abusing a young child, said to be under the age of 13, in late 2011.

Preston Alexander was sentenced Wednesday morning in Fairbanks Superior Court.

Alexander originally had been charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor, but accepted a plea deal from state prosecutors on a single count of Second Degree Child

Sexual Abuse.

Alexander could have faced as much as 99 years in jail had he gone to trial and been convicted in the case.

According to Fairbanks Police who investigated the case, the abuse occurred December 5, 2011 in the Fairbanks area.

Shortly afterwards, Alexander returned to his home in Nanwalek, a small village of about two hundred people located on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula.

He was indicted by a grand jury in November, 2012, arrested by Kenai-based Alaska State Troopers, and transported to Fairbanks to face charges.

During sentencing, Alexander said very little as terms of the plea agreement were being read by Judge Michael MacDonald.

As part of the agreement, Alexander must also register as a sex offender for 15 years.