Fairbanks man sentenced for sexual assault

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man indicted on charges he sexually assaulting two women in separate incidents last year was sentenced to spend four years in prison.

Charles McCraven, 46, was indicted in March on sexual assault and kidnapping charges in connection with the incidents, which took place in September and December 2000. McCraven agreed in July to plead no contest to one count of second-degree sexual assault. The remaining charges were dismissed.

In both incidents the women say they were sexually assaulted in McCraven's apartment. McCraven has maintained his innocence and says the sex was consensual.

''I didn't do anything wrong,'' McCraven said at the sentencing Wednesday.

Prosecutor Teresa Foster argued that the similarities between the stories of the women pointed toward McCraven's guilt. She also noted McCraven's criminal history, including convictions for indecent exposure and making threatening phone calls.

Judge Charles Pengilly said he saw essentially no chance that McCraven could be successfully rehabilitated. He sentenced him to 10 years in prison, with 6 years suspended and 7 years probation.

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