Every cruise ship sexual assault attorney at our firm knows that unwanted acts of a sexual nature happen more frequently than anyone can imagine. Sexual assault is the number one crime onboard cruise vessels, but it can also take place on land. Too many times, assailants get away with their crimes, but one recent alleged victim may soon have her justice after claiming she was sexually abused near the docks in Juneau, Alaska. The woman’s alleged sexual offender is scheduled to go to trial in February for his role in the early November incident.
Kevin Arnold Slats, 21, appeared in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault. Slats was arrested on Nov. 10, just hours after the alleged victim, a 37-year-old woman, reported the crime to the Juneau Police Department. The following week, Slats was indicted by a grand jury on the two felony sex crimes. The woman alleged Slats engaged in sexual acts with her without her consent and then raped her. She and Slats were acquainted with each other and the alleged victim said she knew Slats had alcoholic beverages with him on the morning of the assault.
The woman explained that later that same day, while walking behind Taku Store Smokeries near the cruise ship docks, Slats told her she owed him for the drinks. She then claims Slats pulled her toward him and proceeded to sexually assault her when she resisted. According to an affidavit filed by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Polasky, the woman said she told Slats to stop and tried to fight him off to no avail. She said she also tried yelling for help.
The alleged victim, whose identity has been protected, added that Slats gave her a few shots of alcohol from a bottle after the assault and told her not to tell police or he would kill her. After the incident, the woman was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She reported the assault at around 1:30 p.m. the same day and named Slats as her assailant. Police then interviewed Slats about two hours later and then arrested him at around 6 p.m. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
Slats maintains he is innocent. He admits to consuming alcohol earlier in the day with the alleged victim and that they walked around downtown Juneau, but says he turned around while she kept walking at about 11:30 a.m. Slats denies having walked further with the woman and denies ever touching her. According to police, a search warrant was obtained and Slats was taken to the same hospital as the alleged victim to be examined for evidence. The scene of the supposed crime was also investigated.
Slats is currently being held in custody at LCCC in lieu of $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again in January for an omnibus hearing and February for a pretrial hearing. If convicted of first-degree sexual assault, a felony crime, Slats may be sentenced with up to 99 years in prison.
PHOTO CREDIT: Alaska.com