Court of Appeals reverses probation conditions for sex offender

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Court of Appeals has reversed a probation condition ordered for a Klawock man convicted of sexually abusing his step-granddaughter.

Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson ordered that Alva Peratrovich, 74, live in a community that had a resident probation officer as a condition of his release.

But the appeals court said this week that condition that he live outside his hometown presented an improper restriction on Peratrovich's rights of property, travel and association.

The appeals court ruling is the second regarding Peratrovich's place of residence while on probation.

Thompson had previously ordered that Peratrovich leave Klawock and live elsewhere. The appeals court rejected that condition, saying the judge did not justify the residency restriction.

While the judge changed his order, the appeals judges said the new results presented the same unjustified ban on Peratrovich living in Klawock because the Prince of Wales Island community doesn't have a probation officer.

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