A 58-year-old Fairbanks man accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls was convicted this morning of seven of the nine counts against him.
Mark King was charged after one of the girls told her mother about the abuse in December 2016. According to courtroom testimony, King played drinking games and had tickle fights with several teenage girls at his home. He had sex with the one of the girls when she was 13 and bought her lingerie and an adult toy. He molested another 13-year-old during the same time period but did not have sex with her. The abuse happened sometime between February 2015 and June 2016.
The jury was asked to return to the jury room after the verdict to decide if several aggravating factors applied to King's crimes. Aggravators can substantially increase a defendant's sentence. The jury found a total of 17 aggravators.
A pre-sentence report will be prepared by the Department of Justice in the next three to four months. Attorneys on both sides will prepare their own reports and Superior Court Judge Thomas Temple will factor all of these into his decision when determining King's sentence.
King's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.
Contacts staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.