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Press Release

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 paul.miovas@alaska.gov

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