Man accused of rape pleads guilty to lesser charge

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man accused of breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her pleaded guilty to reduced charges this week in Juneau Superior Court.

Ora Schoonover, 31, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of first-degree burglary stemming from the Nov. 17 offense. Charges of second-degree sexual assault and third-degree criminal mischief were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Schoonover was arrested after a woman, whose name was not released, said she woke up and discovered Schoonover sexually assaulting her, court records show.

During a police-monitered telephone conversation with the woman, Schoonover allegedly confessed to breaking into her house and touching her, according to court records. He denied having sex with the woman, records show.

Schoonover is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 11 by Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks. He could face up to 10 years in prison.



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