A statue of William Henry Seward stands outside the Dimond Courthouse in downtown Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)

A statue of William Henry Seward stands outside the Dimond Courthouse in downtown Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)

Juneau man convicted of sexual abuse of 15-year-old girl more than four years after incidents occur

JPD: Randy James Willard, 39, sent explicit videos to and engaged in sexual contact with victim.

A Juneau man has been convicted of three felony charges involving illegal sexual conduct in 2019 with a then-15-year-old female, the Juneau Police Department announced Friday.

Randy James Willard, 39, was investigated by JPD beginning in March of 2020 after receiving a complaint about him having sexual contact with the teenager and sending sexually explicit videos to her, a bulletin issued by the department states.

“During the investigation, Detectives learned that in November of 2019, Willard sent multiple sexually explicit videos and photos of himself, to the 15-year-old female,” the bulletin states. “The investigation also showed that during the early morning hours of 11/24/2019, Willard was at a residence with the 15-year-old female, sat on the couch next to her, and engaged in sexual contact with the female while she was pretending to be asleep.”

A grand jury on Jan. 21, 2021, indicted Willard on charges of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor (a class B felony), third-degree sexual abuse of a minor (a class C felony) and distributing indecent materials to minors (a class C felony). He was found guilty at trial of all three charges on Feb. 20.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 11, according to the Alaska Court System online database. While the maximum sentence for a class B felony in Alaska is generally 10 years for a first-time offender, Willard has an extensive criminal history.

A 2017 profile of Willard by the Juneau Empire, headlined “From homeless to MMA coach: How Randy Willard fought his way off the streets,” states he went through “an approximately seven-year period of drunkenness, deceitfulness and destitution” after being jailed for trying to elude a police officer who caught him speeding. He subsequently became the manager of Counterstrike MMA, training fighters for competition.

• Contact Mark Sabbatini at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com or (907) 957-2306

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