Alakanuk man gets over 100 years in prison for sex abuse

by Angela Denning-Barnes on January 12, 2011

A 41-year-old Alakanuk man has been sentenced to 105 years in prison for sexually abusing two minors. James Leopold III was sentenced last week in the Bethel court.

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He was convicted in August of sexually abusing two girls, ages 8 and 10. Of his 105 year sentence, 99 years are mandatory.

The reason for the long sentence is because Leopold is a repeat sex offender, and the prosecution argued that there is no hope for rehabilitation. Leopold was convicted of two prior felonies for sexually abusing minors: once when he was 21 years old abusing a 12-year-old and another time when he was 25 years old abusing a 12-year-old. According to the prosecution, he got kicked out of a sex-offender treatment program and then refused re-entry when it was offered to him later.

Run-ins with the law started when Leopold was caught stealing money at age 12. As a teenager, he was charged with multiple burglaries.

He has also been convicted of 4 misdemeanor counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass, and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

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