A man was found guilty of multiple charges of sexual abuse of a minor by a Juneau jury on June 10, 2021. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)

A man was found guilty of multiple charges of sexual abuse of a minor by a Juneau jury on June 10, 2021. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)

Man found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor

It was the first felony trial since the easing of the court’s pandemic measures.

A Juneau man was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

George Skeek, 47, was found guilty of second and third degree sexual abuse of a minor by a Juneau jury, according to Alaska Department of Law.

Stemming from an offense in 2017, the case was a retrial after a 2019 trial returned with a hung jury, or a jury unable to return a verdict. Assistant attorney general Bailey Woolfstead prosecuted the case with assistance from assistant attorney general Kaci Schroeder.

“Too often, victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse do not come forward and report their traumas because they are afraid they won’t be taken seriously or that no one will believe them,” Woolfstead said in a news release. “This child and their family displayed courage to come forward. This child was believed – that is what the unanimous verdict of the 12 members of the jury declares: you are believed.”

Skeek is currently incarcerated pending sentencing, according to the law department.Skeek’s potential sentence as a former felony offender could be as severe as 99 years imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29, 2021.

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

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