Local News

Ely found guilty of child sexual assault

Click here for iFriendly audio.

The jury reached a verdict in the State v. Ely trial at about 2:30 Friday afternoon in Wrangell.

The defendant, Wrangell resident Douglas Ely, was found guilty on all counts.

He was charged with two counts of sexual assault of a minor in the first degree and one count of sexual assault of a minor in the second degree.

Judge Trevor Stephens read the jury’s verdict.

The defense, represented by attorney Jude Pate of Sitka, requested a poll of the jury. In a poll, the judge asks each juror individually if the verdict was true and correct. All 12 responded “yes.”

The eight-year old victim testified that Ely forced her to repeatedly engage in various sexual acts with him.

Two of the charges are considered to be unclassified felonies, which are the most serious type in Alaska.

Ely agreed to two aggravating factors, which lengthen the potential sentence from 35 years to 99 years.

Agreeing to the aggravating factors is not the same as admitting guilt.

The first is that he was more than 10 years older than the victim at the time of the incident.

The second is that he and the victim shared a residence.

He now faces a potential life sentence.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled later this summer. Ely retains the right to an appeal.

Ely was represented by defense attorney Jude Pate of Sitka.

Jean Seaton was the prosecuting attorney.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Rep. Ortiz talks revenue solutions, BC mines

dan ortiz
District 36 independent Rep. Dan Ortiz was in Wrangell over the weekend to talk with residents about possible solutions to the state budget deficit. more

Investigator says he found evidence of child porn on Wrangell doctor’s computer

Salard102814b
An FBI agent trained to detect sharing of child pornography over the internet testified that he could’ve obtained child pornography from a Wrangell doctor’s house on at least four occasions last year. Special Agent Anthony Peterson took the witness stand on Thursday in the trial of Greg Salard. more