Anchorage man sentenced for sexual assaults

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man convicted of sexually assaulting a child and a woman last year was sentenced Monday to 37 years in prison.

''He preys on the most vulnerable victims he can find,'' Superior Court Judge Dan Hensley said as he sent Gilbert T. Edmonds, 54, away until he is an old man.

Edmonds served about 10 years on a 1987 child sexual assault conviction, Hensley said, ''and that didn't get his attention. ... Unfortunately, history shows Mr. Edmonds has no reasonable prospects of rehabilitation.''

Edmonds was out on bail last summer awaiting trial on another charge of child sexual abuse when he kidnapped an 11-year-old girl off the street, drove her to a secluded area, and raped her, according to the charges. He physically forced the child into his truck after she told him she did not take rides from strangers, the charges said.

About two weeks later, on July 15, he offered a ride to a 37-year-old developmentally disabled woman on her way home from work and raped her. She got a license number that allowed police to identify Edmonds as a suspect, the charges said.

Edmonds pleaded no contest in February to five felony counts in connection with the two assaults.

Most of Edmonds' sentence was required by law. He had three prior felony convictions. He will have to serve about 17 years before he can be considered for parole.

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