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Noorvik man sentenced to prison for sexual assault

October 14th 8:51 pm | Shady Grove Oliver, The Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article   Create a Shortlink for this article

A Noorvik man will spend more than four years in prison for a series of offenses committed in Kotzebue and Anchorage over the last three years.

Alex Troy Coffin, 29, was sentenced in superior court by Judge Michael Corey on Oct. 10.

He pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault in the second degree, sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree, and violating conditions of release.

A handful of the charges stemmed from a December 2013 incident in which Coffin was drinking with six other people and the victim passed out. According to court documents, Coffin pulled the woman's pants down and attempted to have sex with her while she was unconscious. She woke up during the assault and Coffin reportedly stopped.

Following a 2014 investigation by Officer Hal Henning of the Kotzebue Police Department, Coffin was indicted by the Kotzebue District Attorney's Office and released on bail.

While Coffin was on release and awaiting his trial in Kotzebue, he moved to Anchorage to live with his mother, according to a release from Assistant District Attorney Daniel Shorey. She was his court-approved third-party custodian.

In November 2015, the mother of a 13-year old girl contacted the Anchorage Police Department to report that her daughter had been sexually abused as she was sleeping.

Following a police investigation, Coffin was arrested on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and violating conditions of his release. He admitted to his mother that he touched the girl, who was his relative, while she slept.

"At sentencing Coffin said he was 'sorry for what I did' but that he 'can't change the past,'" the release noted. "Judge Corey recognized that Coffin accepted responsibility for his crimes, sentenced him to the maximum sentence of two years in prison for the sexual abuse of a minor and six months in prison for violating conditions of release for the Anchorage crimes."

The judge also sentenced Coffin for the attempted sexual assault in Kotzebue. He was given two years in prison and five years on probation for that charge.


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