FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks judge handed down a 71 1/4 year sentence last week for a man convicted of dozens of counts of child sex-abuse-related charges. 

Timothy Bedwell,  53, previously went on trial in August and September for 43 charges related to the molestation of his ex-wife’s two teenage daughters between 2003 and 2010. The 34 charges he was convicted on included more than two dozen child sexual abuse charges. He was extradited to Fairbanks from California in 2012 to face the charges. 

Superior Court Judge Bethany Harbison handed down the sentence Feb. 20. 

Bedwell maintained his innocence at the sentencing during a 10-minute allocution at the hearing, according to court log notes. He called for a new lawyer and new trial, saying he was given bad advice not to testify in his own defense. 

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