Man sentenced in sexual assault case

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Barrow man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at a Fairbanks apartment Sept. 17.

Leslie Aveoganna, 39, also pleaded no contest to possessing cocaine with the intent to sell and was sentenced to six years, to be served at the same time.

Superior Court Judge Niesje Steinkruger said she considered two prior felony convictions, one for attempted sexual abuse of a minor in 1987 and another for second-degree criminal mischief in 1994, in imposing Aveoganna's sentence.

In a plea agreement, charges of kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance were dismissed. Assistant District Attorney Teresa Foster said the plea bargain was struck so the victim would not have to go through the trauma of testifying.

The victim spoke at the sentencing and told Steinkruger that she has been suffering since the attack. She spoke into a microphone from the back of the courtroom only after she was assured that Aveoganna was told not to turn around and look at her.

Steinkruger said Foster could file a motion within 30 days for Aveoganna to pay restitution for the woman's therapy.

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