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Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in downtown Fairbanks parking lot

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:07 am, Thu Oct 17, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man is accused of raping a woman in a downtown Fairbanks parking lot Sunday afternoon.

About 2:49 p.m., Fairbanks police received a call from an employee at The Diner restaurant on Illinois Street, according to a criminal complaint filed against Leslie Aveoganna, 52, of Fairbanks.

A passerby had reported that Aveoganna was sexually assaulting a woman, who was heavily intoxicated, outside the old train depot building. Another employee at the restaurant told police she went out into the parking lot and yelled at Aveoganna to get off a woman, who was lying face down on the ground.

One of the employees flagged down a Fairbanks police officer, who detained Aveoganna.

The woman in the parking lot was “essentially unconscious and unresponsive due to apparent intoxication,” Detective Peyton Merideth said in the criminal complaint against Aveoganna. There was a nearly empty vodka bottle at the scene, he said.

In a police interrogation, Aveoganna said he had been drinking vodka with the woman. Asked if he had sex with her, he said “to tell you the truth, she let me have it,” and “she was happy,” Merideth said in the complaint.

Aveoganna was charged with second-degree felony sexual assault. He is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center without bail.

He was arraigned Monday and is next scheduled to appear in court next week.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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