Last week, a Haines man was sentenced to serve two years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge of sexual abuse of a minor.
About a year ago, 24-year-old Aihan Goldberg was indicted by a Juneau grand jury on eight felony charges. Three involved sexual abuse and five involved online enticement of a minor. The charges stem from interaction between Goldberg and a 13-year-old in July of 2015.
Goldberg accepted a plea deal with state prosecutors in August. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor, and the other seven charges were dismissed. Goldberg was sentenced to four years in prison, with two of those years suspended. He is currently in custody at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
After release, Goldberg will be on supervised probation for three years.
The conditions of probation include that Goldberg not contact the victim and that he limit his contact with girls under the age of 16. He must undergo a sex offender assessment and participate in a treatment program. He will also be subject to searches of his residence, car and computer.
Court notes show that at his sentencing hearing last week, Goldberg apologized to the victim and said it would not happen again. Multiple friends and family members wrote letters of support defending Goldberg and asking the judge for leniency.
Judge Phillip Pallenberg accepted the plea agreement, with its two-year sentence. His formal judgment is pending.