Kenai woman sentenced for role in rape of girl, 13

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2001

KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai woman was sentenced to six years in prison, with two and a half years suspended, for her role in the rape of a 13-year-old girl last year.

Dianna D. Eddens, 20, of Kenai, will receive credit for nearly six months she already has spent in jail.

In prison, she will be required to participate in any sex-offender or psychological treatment offered by the Department of Corrections. She also was sentenced to five years probation.

Eddens and David W. Anderson, 28, of Kenai, both originally were charged with first-degree sexual assault in connection with the incident, which occurred June 13, 2000. However the state allowed Eddens to plead no contest to a reduced charge of second-degree sexual assault in exchange for her testimony against Anderson.

Anderson was convicted this month of first-degree sexual assault, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000. He is to be sentenced Nov. 30.

Anderson and Eddens were acquaintances of the girl. They invited her to go camping with them in Cooper Landing. During the drive back to Kenai the next day, Anderson pulled onto a secluded road in Sterling. Anderson grabbed the victim and laid her on the hood of the car. Eddens held the victim's wrists while he raped her.

''I was scared of him and what would happen if I didn't. I didn't know if he would kill us both,'' Eddens said.

Her father, James Eddens, described Dianna's troubled childhood. She was a follower, not a leader, he said, and she chose friends that led her into trouble, he said.

Dianna Eddens apologized for her actions and said she has changed.

''I don't know how to explain how bad I feel about what happened. I wish I could say I'm sorry to (the victim), but I've been told to stay away from her, so I haven't. I am really sorry for what I've done.''

However, the victim's mother said her daughter never would have been with Anderson if it hadn't been for Eddens. Since the rape, she said, her daughter has been in trouble with the law and in and out of counseling.

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