An Anchorage jury has convicted a 21-year-old man of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl at a New Year's party in 2013.
Chad Russell Haire of Anchorage was found guilty Wednesday morning of six counts of second-degree sex abuse of a minor, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Law.
The incident occurred in the early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 2013, at a party in downtown Anchorage. The 14-year-old was with a group of teenage friends and became intoxicated, according to the statement.
She told Haire she was only 14, but he had sex with her anyway, the statement said.
The victim told investigators she passed out and didn't remember many details until she got home the next day. When she got home, she realized she had genital injuries and told her parents what she remembered of the previous evening, according to the statement. Her parents then reported the incident to Anchorage Police Department.
A forensic interviewed conducted by the Anchorage Police Crimes Against Child Unit and the Alaska CARES clinic led to DNA evidence that confirmed the crime had taken place.
Haire was found guilty of all charges, which are felony offenses, according to an indictment in the case. His sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 1.
He faces between five and 15 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for 15 years.
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By DEVIN KELLY