Press Release

Anchorage Man Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing Three Girls

January 3, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On Friday, December 30, 2016, Superior Court Judge Paul Olson sentenced 27 year old Reid Hayes to a total of 39 years in prison for sexually abusing three girls, ranging in age from 11 to 15. Hayes’ sentence followed his conviction after a three week jury trial in July 2016 for three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, and one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree.

In January 2012, an Anchorage child disclosed to her aunt that her mother’s boyfriend, Reid Hayes, had tried to sexually abuse her. The child’s aunt called the Anchorage Police Department. The Anchorage Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit investigated. During the investigation, two additional children disclosed at Alaska C.A.R.E.S. that Hayes had sexually abused them over a period of several years.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Olson heard from two of the victims through their court appointed guardian ad litem. In explaining the sentence, Judge Olson focused on the seriousness of the offenses. In particular, he commented on the period of time and the number of victims. Judge Olson sentenced Hayes to serve a total of 39 years in prison, with an additional 22 years of suspended time. Hayes will also be on probation for 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Jenna Gruenstein at (907) 269-6300 or jenna.gruenstein@alaska.gov. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

Alaska C.A.R.E.S. is a Children’s Advocacy Center located in an outpatient clinic near Providence Alaska Medical Center. Alaska C.A.R.E.S. provides sexual and physical abuse evaluations for children, newborn to age 18 and 24-hour on-call services. More information is available at http://alaska.providence.org/locations/c/cares.

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