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Man who bought alcohol for Ketchikan teens charged with sexual assault

Megan Edge

A Ketchikan man has been accused of supplying alcohol to minors at a party and sexually assaulting a teenage girl who had been drinking there, local police said Friday.

According to a complaint filed Wednesday in Ketchikan, video surveillance footage shows Jordan Vonda, 22, walking into the City Lighthouse Liquor store on Tongass Avenue just prior to attending a party at Carlana Lake. The lake, located just outside of town, is commonly used for recreational activities during spring and summer months.

Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard said it isn't unusual that no one reported the party of five teens because the lake is only accessible by foot.

"When the party was over he actually got (the teenage girl) to go back to his residence," said Bengaard. "He told her that it would be better to go to his house than to go home because her dad would be mad that she had been drinking."

Bengaard said the teen girl was the only one of the partygoers to go back to Vonda's home; he was unsure about what happened to the rest of the teens, whose ages range from 14 to 19 years old.

The complaint claims the girl fell asleep and when she woke up Vonda was having sex with her without her consent.

The following day, Bengaard said, the teen told her parents, who then brought her to the police station to report the assault.

Vonda was initially arrested and held on an outstanding parole warrant, according to the police chief. New charges against him include one count of sexual assault, one count of sexual abuse of a minor, five counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He is being held on $100,000 bail. Vonda is scheduled to appear in court May 16.

Reach Megan Edge at megan@alaskadispatch.com


By MEGAN EDGE
megan@alaskadispatch.com