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Former Southeast Man Enters Plea in Abuse Case
A 66-year-old man suspected of sexually abusing a child in Juneau and Ketchikan has been convicted of one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor.
JUNEAU- A 66-year-old man suspected of sexually abusing a child in Juneau and Ketchikan has been convicted of one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor.
Former southeast Alaska resident John W. Strickling pleaded guilty Thursday in Juneau Superior Court as part of a plea arrangement. Other counts were dropped.
He had tried to enter a guilty plea earlier but his mental competency was questioned. A Lemon Creek Correctional Center mental health clinician concluded that Strickling has persistent religious-themed delusions.
Assistant public defender Eric Hedland says an evaluation at Alaska Psychiatric Institute determined Strickling to be legally competent.
Prosecutors say Strickling abused a child under 13 from 2002 to 2009. He was indicted in 2012 and arrested in Nome.
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