A man initially charged with attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree had a more serious charge tacked on by a Kenai grand jury Friday.
Sean Everette Andrew Nelson, 18, was indicted last Friday and now faces an additional charge of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree. The state leveled charges due to a January incident in which Nelson allegedly entered the bedroom of a 6-year-old girl and groped her.
The first-degree charge implies an attempt to engage in sexual penetration and is a class A felony, while the second-degree charge implies an attempt to engage in sexual contact, a class C felony.
According to an affidavit submitted by Kenai Police Officer Sgt. Scott McBride, KPD officers responded to a fight at an apartment on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Jan. 12. Nelson was from out of town, and staying with people in the apartment. He was allegedly intoxicated and had gotten into an argument with the apartment owner. The police told him to go to the downstairs portion of the apartment to sleep off the alcohol.
Less than three hours later, officers returned to the same apartment after a woman who lived there called to report Nelson had entered her sleeping daughter's room. The woman said Nelson was supposed to be sleeping on the floor of the living room.
She said she had gone to check on her daughter after she heard her crying from the next room. She asked her daughter what happened, and the girl said Nelson had tried to pull down her pants. The woman kicked Nelson out of the room and told him to go downstairs. She heard him say that he was going to jail.
McBride arrived at the scene and interviewed Nelson, who said "he wouldn't do such a thing ... he had passed out upstairs and came to when (the mother) entered the room." He could not explain why he was in the girl's bedroom to begin with. He again said several times that he was going to jail.
Later that afternoon, the 6-year-old participated in a child forensic interview, where she stated she had been asleep, but woke up when she heard a door close. She said Nelson pulled down her pants just below her knees and grabbed her, which made her cry.
Nelson was arrested and arraigned in district court the following day. He posted 10 percent of his appearance bond and 100 percent of his performance bond for a total of $850.
The recent indictment bumps the case up from district court to superior court. Nelson will be arraigned in superior court on April 26.
Karen Garcia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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