A Fairbanks man has been given a new prison sentence for sexually abusing a girl after the previous sentence was overturned last year.
Joseph Turney, who was originally sentence to 50 years in prison, was sentenced to serve 46 years in prison on Friday, with five years already served since his first sentencing. His original sentence was overturned by an appellate court in September 2013, which ruled the lower court that issued the previous sentence made a mistake in applying an aggravating factor due to the lack of prior convictions against Turney.
Turney,44, was arrested in 2009 for close to 20 counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor and Sexual Assault. The 20-month investigation by the Child Abuse Investigation Unit revealed recurring abuse by Turney against a minor female related to him, between the ages of 11 and 18.
Most of those charges were dropped after Turney agreed to plead guilty to the remaining charges in a plea deal with the prosecution, two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the first degree and one count of Sexual Assault in the first degree.
“In nine years with the Troopers, five of which supervising rape, murder and child abuse cases, I have never worked on a case more appalling and egregious than this one,” said Sergeant Dave Willson, supervisor of the Fairbanks CAIU, in a press release. “The extreme abuse suffered by the victim over the course of approximately seven years would have overwhelmed most people. The facts of this case would move most people to tears.”
Turney was previously a bus driver for First Transit in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. FCAIU did not find evidence of other child victims.