Fairbanks child rapist sentenced to five years in prison

A 58-year-old child rapist from Fairbanks was given a five-year prison sentence late yesterday.

Judge Michael Macdonald sentenced Ronald Steyer in the Fairbanks Superior Court.

In a plea agreement reached late last year with state prosecutors, Steyer pled guilty to a single count of Second-Degree Sexual Abuse of a Minor in exchange for having more serious charges against him dropped.

In late June of last year, investigators with the Alaska State Troopers learned of allegations that Steyer had sexually abused a juvenile approximately 4 years ago.

Family members say the female victim was 13 years old at the time of the abuse, and that Steyer was her grandfather.