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Kenai man convicted of sexual abuse in Palmer

Posted: February 26, 2013 - 10:50am

PALMER — After more than a day of deliberation, a jury on Feb. 15 found a Kenai man guilty of having sex with two Wasilla girls in 2008.

Lyn Roger Christian was convicted of seven counts of first-degree and three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, as well as two counts of indecent exposure for having sex with one of the girls and getting the other one to touch him. The girls were between the ages of 7 and 10 at the time.

“I am relieved at the jury’s verdict and I hope that today’s outcome provides closure for the two young victims and helps them heal. I was extremely impressed at the girls’ ability to confront their abuser and bravely tell the truth in court,” said Assistant District Attorney Trina Sears, who prosecuted the case.

Though the abuse happened in 2008, Christian wasn’t arrested until 2011. The abuse happened when Christian was dating the mother of one of the girls. He lived in Kenai, but his work in private security brought him to the Valley, where he met the girl’s mother and would often stay at her house.

The relationship only lasted for a summer, but that was enough time for Christian to abuse his girlfriend’s daughter numerous times.

The other girl was a friend of the child’s who’d stayed over at her house one night. After she realized what Christian was having her do to him she ran out of the room and never came back to the house.

The allegations came to light after the daughter went to therapy. Her therapist alerted authorities, who opened an investigation.

At trial, Christian’s attorney, Bruce Brown, argued that the girl was a precocious child who had learned about sex from her mother’s relationships with men, and knew where to find pornography and sex toys in the house.

He said that the girl’s story changed, that she told authorities Christian was a good man in her first interview but changed her story after her friend made allegations.

However, Brown conceded that his client had made a lot of admissions in a tape-recorded conversation with the girl’s mother.

But he argued that what he had admitted to didn’t add up to sex.

That many charges carry a potential term of decades in prison for Christian, but one of the factors that will likely be considered at his sentencing hearing June 13 is an apparent lack of a criminal history, at least judging by Alaska court records.

Contact reporter Andrew Wellner at andrew.wellner@frontiersman.com.

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nomi
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nomi 02/26/13 - 01:28 pm
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This was my neighbor

I can't believe that someone can just run around town and live a normal life while knowing the horrible injustice that he had done to two little girls, that they will be affected for the test of their lives. I'm glad he was caught and the girls have a chance for healing to start. He will live in jail thinking about what a horrible thing he has done. And how he has lost his life for his own selfish needs. And the women who lived with him??? What's wrong with that picture !!!!

northernlights
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northernlights 02/26/13 - 02:16 pm
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These perverts

Most of the time they are only given a slap on the hands a small amount of probation. What they do to little girls is right up there with murder. they kill the heart and life of a child. these men hide and lurk in the dark, sneak around adults and put on a fake mask of being a nice guy. They are disgusting and should never be allowed on the streets again. They do not change, and you cannot rehabilitate them. They love it and will do what ever they can to prey upon the innocent. They need long term prison sentences. There is so much child abuse going on and they get away with it. Call child protection services, and what do they do? these poor kids, enough is enough. If anyone suspects a person all I can say is do your best to turn them in. And hopefully they'll have a judge who has a backbone who will give them the max of years in prison.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 02/27/13 - 06:08 am
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sick minds

There is no cure for this type of behavior.Chemical castration,and a life sentence in a maximum security prison is the only SAFE solution for our society.

Norseman
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Norseman 02/27/13 - 08:06 am
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As SPW has said many times,

As SPW has said many times, make them walk in front of our military in Afghanistan.

biopolo
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biopolo 02/28/13 - 02:59 pm
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its easy to sit and judge

No one really knows what happened except those involved or who is close to the situation. Newspapers are not known for printing the truth, just creating headlines so folks like you all can sit around and be "holier than thou." Passing judgement as an individual is a bit narcissistic. Innocent people are put in prison all the time and if you think the justice system is just---then I hope one day you find yourself in a situation where you know you are innocent but no one is listening. And those you know are guilty get to go home.

Norseman
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Norseman 02/28/13 - 06:37 pm
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Passing judgement?

Passing judgement? Hello....did you read the article?

This child molestor was CONVICTED of SEVEN counts!!!!!!!!!!!

Here, read what the clarion reported.

QUOTE....
Lyn Roger Christian was convicted of seven counts of first-degree and three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, as well as two counts of indecent exposure for having sex with one of the girls and getting the other one to touch him. The girls were between the ages of 7 and 10 at the time.

end of QUOTE.

Yep, this guy deserves ZERO sympathy and belongs bars forever.

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Suss 02/28/13 - 08:24 pm
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Biopolo

If you truly know of a wrongly convicted person please have them contact this group....http://www.alaskainnocence.org/

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/03/13 - 09:11 am
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Pedophilia

This guy IS a pedophile.There is NO cure for such ilk.This person needs to spend the rest of his life behind bars.Anyone who sides with this sick minded cuss.They either are a pedophile themselves,or they love their relative.

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spwright 03/03/13 - 11:04 am
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biopolo

3/3/2013 It takes some measure of Courage to Speak Up against the popular opinion.

Your stating that not all accused are actually Guilty.

I agree that once in a great while a convicted convict is later found not Guilty thru New Evidence collected ie New DNA evidence proves the defendent is not the Guilty person.

But for You to speak up for Pedophiles is beyond my understanding ? You are chosing the Wrong Cause here.

Child Molesters must be kept in solitary confinement instead of the General Prison Population. Why ? because those Child Molesters would be Killed by the fellow In-mates that are Parents themselves. They are Hated that much, even in prison.

I respect your courage to stand up vs Popular Opinion BUT
You are so very very Wrong if You defend a damn pedophile.
SPW

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no_gun_wussies 03/04/13 - 11:08 am
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Wow mom sure knows how to choose a boyfriend.

Great job mom. You REALLY know how to pick'em!

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onealaskanative 03/04/13 - 11:26 am
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To Biopolo

Hmmm---what kind of person DEFENDS a child rapist? And to every journalist in the whole universe---raping a child is NOT "having sex with" ---hello, "with"??---the child.

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