Jury finds man guilty for sexual assault of 'mentally handicapped' woman

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Thursday, a jury found Michael Carl, 36, of Anchorage, guilty of the sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with Down's Syndrome.

The assault took place in 2013, where a witness at the scene told police that Carl "raped the handicapped girl" after they responded to a 911 call in the area.

The trial lasted eight days in May before the jury ultimately returned with their verdict. Carl has yet to be sentenced for the crime.

In a signed police affidavit, Detective Brett Sarber with the Anchorage Police Department described the circumstances that led up to the arrest just under four years ago.

Sarber said the first thing police found when they arrived on the scene was a man, beaten and bleeding from the mouth. This man was later identified as Carl.

The man who allegedly assaulted him was later identified as Bowen Ballann. Ballann was the same man who told police what Carl had done. The victim's mother later corroborated Ballann's statements.

Sarber wrote in his report that Carl was in the trailer on Penland Parkway with the victim and several other family members. The victim's mother said her daughter was "severely handicapped" and suffered from Down's Syndrome.

The mother and a cousin left the home to go to the store, and when they returned, they found what police described as Carl, laying partially naked in a "spooning" position behind the victim, who had also been undressed.

The mother then ran from the house "shrieking about what she had just witnessed." That shrieking prompted Ballann to run in, and punch Carl several times in the mouth, causing bleeding and swelling.

Police said that they could no longer find Ballann at the scene after they had secured it, and that he was on parole at the time.

The judge presiding over the case has scheduled the sentencing for later in August of this year.

The attorney general said that Carl will face a sentence range of five to 15 years in prison.

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