San Juan man faces trio of felony sex crimes

A San Juan Island man accused of having sex with a teenage girl several times in the past two years will stand trial on multiple felony sex charges in July.

On May 9, Kristian K. Sakstrup, 20, pleaded not guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of second-degree rape of a child, a Class A felony, and to two counts of third degree rape, a Class B felony, and to violation of a sexual assault protection order. He was released on $5,000 bail pending a July 9 trial date.

Prosecutors claim that Sakstrup was 18 when he first had sex with the girl in December 2009. She was 13 at that time.

The two had been friends for several years and sexually involved before they began a dating relationship a year ago in August, according to charging documents.

The girl, now 16, reportedly informed a counselor in late March of this year that she had recently been sexually assaulted by Sakstrup.

Authorities were alerted by the counselor about the series of alleged assaults. The age of consent for a minor in Washington state is 16.

A Class A felony, second-degree rape of a child carries maximum penalties of life in prison, a $50,000 fine, or both; however, the standard range of sentencing set by the state for that felony offense is 67-89 months. Rape of a child in the third degree carries maximum penalties of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.


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