Eagle River man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for taking explicit photos of a minor

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Published: Dec. 23, 2020 at 11:34 AM AKST
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Keon Aspaas, 33, of Eagle River, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release for sexual exploitation of a child and attempting to produce child pornography.

The case stems from an incident in March 2019, according to a release from U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office.

“Aspaas entered an Eagle River residence where he knew that minors were having a sleepover,” the attorney’s office said in a release. “While in the residence, he took explicit photos of a sleeping 16-year-old victim with his cell phone. The victim awoke and Aspaas fled the residence.”

Family members of the 16-year-old contacted law enforcement, which arrested Aspaas within the day. The U.S. attorney’s office said he has been in custody since his arrest and pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child in February.

With his sentencing, Aspaas will be required to register as a sex offender, complete 200 hours of community service and pay restitution, the release stated.

“Such a sentence would afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct and protect the public from further crimes of Mr. Aspaas,” U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason said in a prepared statement on the sentencing.

Resources: If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, resources are available on the Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) website or by calling the statewide crisis hotline at 1-800-478-8999.

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