A Juneau man arrested in 2019 for more than a dozen charges including multiple sexual-related felonies was found guilty during a jury trial on Feb. 1, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

A Juneau man arrested in 2019 for more than a dozen charges including multiple sexual-related felonies was found guilty during a jury trial on Feb. 1, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Juneau man found guilty in child sex abuse case

The defendant was found guilty of fourteen separate charges.

A Juneau man was found guilty of more than a dozen charges in a sexual assault case from 2019.

Wilbur W. James Jr., 66, indicted and arrested in October 2019, was found guilty in a jury trial of 14 charges stemming from allegations of sex offenses.

James was found guilty of felony second-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sexual assault, five counts of attempted indecent viewing/photography of a minor, and six counts of attempted indecent viewing/photography in a trial presided over by Superior Court Judge Daniel Schally.

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The three felony charges James stands convicted of carry a minimum sentence of between 5 years 1 day and 15 years, and a maximum sentence of 99 years.

James was denied the request for house arrest and reduced bail, the Empire reported previously, with then-Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead, now an assistant attorney general, citing the danger to the women and children as a reason for arguing against any leniency toward James.

A number of victims came forward during the investigation, according to court documents. Investigating officers also found a number of indecent photos on James’ phone that he had attempted to delete, the Empire previously reported.

James claimed he was sleepwalking when the photos were taken during a 2019 bail hearing, the Empire previously reported.

James is currently held without bail, with a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 6, 2022.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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