Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A Juneau man received 25 years in prison with 13 years suspended for sexual abuse of a minor.
Timothy Flood, 28, pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in the second-degree. Two counts of sexual abuse in the first-degree were dismissed by the court.
District Attorney Angie Kemp said the victim was a 10-year-old girl.
She told the court that the child was in high school when she reported the crimes. She began to learn about sexual abuse in a high school class and went home and told her mother about the abuse.
The authorities then began to investigate multiple incidents of sexual abuse.
Kemp said the victim was impacted by the crime and will likely continue to be impacted.
"This 10-year-old kid should have been riding her bike and doing what 10 years olds do, not worrying about her safety. In her own way, she is serving a sentence," she added.
The victim said she continues to have nightmares about these incidents. She told the court she can have flashbacks at any time.
"No one deserves to feel that pain or trauma because it never really goes away," she said.
Kemp said sexual assault rates in Alaska remain at a ridiculous level. Alaska is constantly at the top of the list of states when it comes to the rate of sexual abuse.
Judge Amy Mead also sentenced Flood to 10 years of probation and standard sex offender conditions. This includes random polygraph tests and searches, he can't possess pornography and can have no contact with minors unless previously approved by his probation officer.
"The seriousness of this offense can't be overstated. Your actions will affect her for the rest of her life. She has to deal with this and find a way to survive this," Mead told the court.
Mead also told the victim that she was not to blame for these incidents.
"This was not your crime and you have nothing to be ashamed of," she added.