Fairbanks man found guilty of sexually assaulting girl

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A jury has found a Fairbanks man guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl and threatening her with a knife.

Joseph Thunderhawk, 20, was found guilty of four counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree assault on Friday.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on two charges of first-degree sexual assault.

Thunderhawk attacked the girl on April 30 after three other acquaintances left to go into town. The victim told authorities Thunderhawk had an 8-inch knife and threatened to cut her with it if she didn't submit.

The girl fled the home after Thunderhawk fell asleep. He later turned himself in at the Fairbanks Police station. He will be sentenced Feb. 7.

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