Anchorage Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Children
February 27, 2017
On February 27, 2017, Superior Court Judge Jack Smith sentenced 38 year old Brian Meester to serve 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two children in 2005. In June 2016, Meester pled guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree.
In September 2015, the Anchorage Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit was investigating allegations of sexual abuse of other children. During that investigation, detectives learned that Meester’s wife (Naomi Sinford) confessed to her sister that she and Meester sexually abused their two year old biological daughter and their 12 year old niece. Detectives spoke with the niece, who was now an adult. The niece disclosed that she was sexually abused by Meester and Sinford when she was eight or nine years old. She also disclosed that they also sexually abused her one or two year old cousin.
Meester told Judge Smith that his actions were “inexcusable and punishable.” Meester told Judge Smith that he took responsibility for his actions and wants to make this right through his actions.
Judge Smith described Meester’s offenses and “extremely reprehensible” considering the nature of the crimes and the age of the victims. Judge Smith was required to sentence Meester under the pre-2004 sentencing law. Judge Smith found that three aggravating factors applied, including that the victims were extremely vulnerable. Meester faced a presumptive sentence of eight years and five years for the offenses. Judge Smith aggravated the sentence, imposing a composite sentence of 30 years with 15 years suspended and 10 years supervised probation. Meester will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Sinford pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree in August 2016 and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8, 2017 by Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton.
If you have concerns that a child may have been physically or sexually abused, contact 911 in an emergency or contact Alaska CARES at (907) 561-8301. For more information about Alaska CARES, go to http://alaska.providence.org/locations/c/cares.
CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.
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