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Man sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex abuse of a minor

DNA and sex offender registration required as part of sentence.

A 47-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, according to court documents.

Leo J. Fawcett, who was arrested in October 2020 and faced dozens of sexual abuse charges, appeared in court in Juneau on Nov. 30 and was sentenced by Judge Amy Mead to 40 years incarceration with 10 years suspended, according to court documents. Additionally, the sentence requires Fawcett to provide samples for the DNA registration system and to not contact a person identified by initials in court documents.

As part of a plea agreement, nearly 50 other charges — 19 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, 19 counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and 11 counts of incest — were dismissed by the prosecutor, according to court documents.

Following incarceration, Fawcett would be placed on probation for 20 years, according court documents, and required to register for life as a sex offender.

• Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.

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