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Soldotna man charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old

Posted: June 9, 2013 - 9:09pm  |  Updated: June 10, 2013 - 8:27am

A Soldotna man charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, asked changes to bail conditions on Friday.

Zachary Letzring, 24, sought the changes regarding contact with the mother of one of his alleged victims – a 4-year-old girl.

Letzring faces felony charges of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, seven counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Letzring is free on bail and is under the care of his grandparents, who are court approved third party custodians. He was originally ordered to have no contact with the victims or their families.

The charging documents allege Letzring sexually abused his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter, and he is accused of abusing two minors in the past, a then 15-year-old girl and another girl between the ages of 14 and 15.

According to the documents, Letzring advised authorities he did encourage his girlfriend’s daughter to commit sexual acts on him on two different occasions. The 4-year-old lived with Letzring on a permanent basis at the time and called him dad.

The district attorney opposed any type of contact between the couple because the state believes there is a danger and thinks no contact is the safest measure. The DA said contact between the couple could allow Letzring to influence the situation and the mother, who is in charge of and influences her daughter, the 4-year-old alleged victim.

Letzring’s girlfriend addressed the court on behalf of the change to bail conditions. She stated she wants to see more evidence in the case.

Public Defender Andy Pevehouse said he did not know what the state based their insinuation that allowing contact between Letzring and his girlfriend would influence the 4-year-old.

“(Letzring’s girlfriend) is an appropriate and strong buffer between Mr. Letzring and (the 4-year-old),” Pevehouse said.

Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman amended the no contact order to allow Mr. Letzing to have limited contact via telephone and mail as well as one scheduled face-to-face appointment with his girlfriend. No discussion of the case will be allowed.

Letzring allegedly told authorities he participated in at least three sexual acts in 2011 and 2012 with a girl while she was 14 to 15 years old. He claimed in 2011 he did not know her age, but, in 2012, he knew she was 15 years old before having sex with her.

He admitted that he may have engaged in more than three sexual acts with the girl, but could only remember the details of three incidents. The indictment lists six charges on behalf of the alleged victim.

The charging document also alleges Letzring stated he performed three sexual acts with another 15-year-old girl in 2012 while she was residing with him and he had authority over her.

There are three charges on behalf of the alleged victim in the case, all are first-degree unclassified felony charges.

Letzring’s next court date is scheduled for July 8.

 

 

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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