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State v. Ely trial underway

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The State v. Ely trial began this week in Wrangell.

Wrangell resident Doug Ely is alleged to have sexually abused a minor on multiple occasions.

He is facing two charges of child sexual abuse in the first degree and one in the second degree.

The first degree charges are unclassified felonies, which are the most serious types of felonies in Alaska.

They potentially carry a life sentence, if Ely is convicted.

The eight-year old alleged victim took the stand in the early afternoon Tuesday and said that Ely repeatedly forced her to engage in various sexual acts.

Her mother testified next. As of 4:30 pm Tuesday, the mother was being cross-examined by the defense.

Ely is being represented by attorney Jude Pate of Sitka.

Jean Seaton, also of Sitka, is attorney for the prosecution.

The honorable judge Trevor Stephens is presiding.

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