Westlake won't be charged for sexual relationship with teen

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Former Rep. Dean Westlake will not face criminal charges over his sexual relationship with a teenage girl in 1988.

Westlake, a Democratic lawmaker from the Arctic village of Kiana, resigned from the Alaska Legislature last week amid sexual harassment allegations involving adults.

Channel 2 News reported last week that Westlake had a sexual relationship with a girl when he was in his 20s. The mother delivered the child when Westlake was 28 and she was 16.

John Skidmore, the state's chief prosecutor, said officials won't examine evidence related to the sexual relationship Westlake had with the teen because it happened too long ago.

At the time, it would have been illegal for an adult to have sex with a person under 16.

Skidmore said that even though the statute of limitations has been lifted on some sex crimes, the change can't be applied retroactively.

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