Guilty verdicts returned in sexual abuse case

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska Jurors finished deliberation in the sexual assault of a minor case against Mark King after spending most of last week listening to witness testimony and lawyers arguments.

Jurors finished deliberation in the sexual assault of a minor case against Mark King after spending most of last week listening to witness testimony and lawyers arguments.

Jurors found King guilty of seven of the nine counts against him. He was found guilty of all counts regarding the first victim and two counts regarding the second. The jury found him guilty of two counts of first degree sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of third degree sexual abuse of a minor, and one count of incest.

King was found not guilty on two counts of third degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Jurors where then sent back to deliberate on whether to include aggravators to his crimes. They have returned from deliberation and have decided to include the domestic violence aggravator on the first five counts, the perpetrator being 10 years or older on all counts, and they included that King used alcohol in the furtherance of the crime in counts two through four and counts six and seven. King is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

Aggravators increase the time King could be sentenced for.

King was accused of sexually abusing two minors in 2016. The state laid out a case of him playing drinking games with the victims and then engaging in sexual acts with them. The State also says he bought one of the victims’ items from an adult store.

King had made the argument that the accusations where made up because of a custody battle, and said many of the state’s claims where impossible to have happened.

Jurors began deliberating last Friday. They resumed deliberation at 8:30 this morning and told Judge Thomas Temple that they had reached a verdict an hour later.