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Trial starts in Juneau for man accused of raping teens

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A trial has begun in Juneau for a man accused of raping a teenage girl in foster case.

Michael Roberts, 34 is charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges stem from incidents in May 2002 involving one of two 15-year-old girls.

District Attorney Richard Svobodny told the jury that Roberts took advantage of the girl in foster care and a runaway girl. Defense attorney Jeffrey Sauer said the teenagers are lying.

In a separate indictment, Roberts is charged with four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Those charges stem from incidents in May 2002 with the other 15-year-old girl, who had run away from her mother's house.

Roberts was expected to testify in his own defense.



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