TWO ANCHORAGE MEN CONVICTED

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

On July 16, 2014, 26 year old Anchorage resident Stuart Ravn was
convicted of 22 counts related to the possession and distribution of child
pornography. Evidence at trial showed that Ravn, who gave music lessons to area
children out of his parents’ residence, was a member of a sophisticated internetbased
Russian child pornography ring, and possessed and distributed numerous
images and videos of the sexual exploitation of children as young as toddlers.
Several of the counts relate to depictions of masochism, sadism and sexual
penetration. Ravn faces a presumptive sentencing range of two to 12 years on
each count and will be subject to lifetime sex offender registration requirements
upon his release. Ravn is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Smith in Anchorage
Superior court on November 14, 2014.
Ravn’s conviction is the second Anchorage area conviction for offenses
related to child pornography in the past week. On July 11, 2014, 32 year old
Anchorage resident Richard M. O’Connor was convicted in a separate case of six
counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. O’Connor was found
to possess and distribute over the course of at least a decade images and videos of
sexual sadism and sexual penetration involving children ranging in age from six to
10 years old, and also faces a sentencing range of two to 12 years on each count.
O’Connor is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Wolverton in Anchorage
Superior Court on November 21, 2014.
Both cases were investigated by the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Anchorage
Police Department, and prosecuted by the Alaska Department of Law’s Office of
Special Prosecutions.