A 20-year-old Nikiski man has been convicted by a Kenai Superior Court jury of sexually assaulting the 2 1/2-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in 2006.
The jury found Estin Borchgrevink guilty of one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree assault. The sexual abuse and sexual assault crimes are unclassified felonies and the first-degree assault crime is a class A felony.
Kenai District Attorney June Stein said Borchgrevink could be facing 99 years behind bars. Sentencing is set for Jan. 22, 2008, she said.
Stein said she was "very, very pleased" with the verdicts.
When Judge Peter Ashman polled the jury about their conclusions, jurors "were very resounding in their verdicts," Stein said.
Some court observers reported that people in the Kenai Courthouse cheered when the verdicts were read.
Borchgrevink was accused of abusing the girl March 16, 2006. At the time, the victim told investigators, "Daddy did it," according to Stein. "He was daddy," Stein said.
The prosecutor also said the defendant stipulated to aggravators in the case, meaning Stein was not required to prove factors in the crime that could lengthen Borchgrevink's sentence.
The aggravators include the fact the victim and the defendant resided in the same household; the victim was most vulnerable, in this case because of her young age; and the victim suffered serious physical injury as the result of the crime.
The victim is now in the custody of her natural father.
Her mother reportedly has another child, fathered by the defendant.
Borchgrevink, who was represented at trial by Kenai attorney James Lavecchia, is in custody at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility awaiting sentencing.
Phil Hermanek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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