Convicted sex abuser hurt in jail fight

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Sitka man convicted of molesting three young girls in a sex camp on a remote island suffered injuries last weekend during a prison fight, according to officials at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The injuries to Dick Blue Sky were severe enough that a judge postponed his trial on charges of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Sky, 49, was to be tried Wednesday morning in Juneau Superior Court on a felon-in-possession-of-a-weapon charge. But Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson continued that trial until next month.

Thompson presided over the Juneau trial last May in which Sky and his wife, Cynthia, 40, were convicted of 41 felony counts for forcing three young girls to perform sexual acts on them on Bauer Island, 40 miles north of Sitka, between 1994 and 2001.

Sky suffered a laceration to his head, requiring six to nine stitches, as well as bruises. He was treated and released from Bartlett Regional Hospital on Saturday and returned to the prison.

Darrel Gardner, Sky's lawyer, said Sky was attacked by three inmates and beaten with a mop handle and a cribbage board. Daniel Carothers, the prison superintendent, said a prison investigation showed several fights took place between Sky and other inmates. He said the investigation shows, so far, that Sky was an active participant in the fights.

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