Former Alaska State Trooper Indicted By Anchorage Grand Jury
May 25, 2018
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) - On Thursday, May 24, 2018, 57-year-old Vance Peronto, a former Alaska State Trooper, was indicted by the Anchorage grand jury for his alleged conduct involving a 16 year-old female. The grand jury indicted Peronto on one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, four counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor, and four counts of possessing child pornography.
A brief factual summary of the circumstances of the investigation can be found in the attached charging documents. Additional investigation revealed that through a forensic analysis of the victim’s computer device and on-line account, the trooper investigators were able to recover various photographs and videos which constitute “child pornography” as defined by Alaska law.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Peronto faces a maximum sentence of up to 99 years for all offenses indicted by the grand jury. The presumptive term of imprisonment for 5 of the counts charged, the “felony class C offenses,” is 2-12 years of imprisonment. The presumptive term of imprisonment for 4 of the counts charged, the “felony class B offenses,” is 5-15 years of imprisonment. Peronto is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, May 29, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. in Anchorage Superior Court.
CONTACT: Chief Assistant Attorney General Paul J. Miovas, Jr. at (907) 269-6250 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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