Attorneys offer new resolution to Soldotna sex abuse case

A former Soldotna-area karate teacher who last year pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor said he needs more time to consider a new resolution to his case made after a discrepancy was found in the sentencing ranges he originally faced.

Michael Dean Hancock, 58, was indicted on Feb. 3, 2016 on one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for incidents that allegedly took place in 2006 with a girl who was under 16 at the time, according to the indictment. He was also indicted on three counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor in relation to more than 80 files labeled with the victim’s name found on his computer, according to the indictment.

This indictment came down after Hancock had already been indicted in January 2016 in Anchorage on 13 counts relating to child pornography. Hancock pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of unlawful exploitation of a minor last September in a plea deal reached by his attorneys.

Hancock was scheduled to be sentenced in the Kenai case in January, but Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran found a discrepancy in the way the presumptive sentencing ranges for Hancock were set out in the resolution. He had been set to face two to four years for each of the crimes he pleaded guilty to, based on what sentencing ranges were in 2006, when the crimes were committed. However, Moran found that state statute regarding presumptive sentencing ranges had actually been changed shortly before the crimes Hancock pleaded guilty to were committed, making the actual presumptive ranges five to 15 years.

Hancock said during a Tuesday status hearing at the Kenai Courthouse that he needs more time to consider the new resolution the attorneys in the case have come up with. He is scheduled to be sentenced in the Anchorage case in early April, and the two cases are tied together by the resolution. Hancock said he has no preference as to which case he is sentenced in first, and Moran scheduled another status hearing in the Kenai case for March 21.

June Stein of the Anchorage Office of Criminal Appeals appeared at the hearing over the phone and is the new attorney assigned to Hancock’s case as the former prosecutor, Adam Alexander, was set to leave the Office of Special Prosecutions in Anchorage after Wednesday.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Signs direct voters at the Kenai No. 3 precinct on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion file)
Signs direct voters at the Kenai No. 3 precinct for Election Day on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Local candidates report support from state PACs

Labor unions and the National Education Association are among the groups putting money into Kenai Peninsula state election races

Signs and examples on the recycling super sack at the Cook Inletkeeper Community Action Studio show which plastics are desired as part of the project in Soldotna, Alaska, on Aug. 11, 2022. Plastics from types 1, 2, 4 and 5 can be deposited.(Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Local nonprofit accepting plastics for synthetic lumber project

The super sack receptacles can be found on either side of Soldotna

This July 28, 2022, photo shows drag queen Dela Rosa performing in a mock election at Cafecito Bonito in Anchorage, Alaska, where people ranked the performances by drag performers. Several organizations are using different methods to teach Alaskans about ranked choice voting, which will be used in the upcoming special U.S. House election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Groups get creative to help Alaska voters with ranked voting

Organizations have gotten creative in trying to help voters understand how to cast their ballot, as the mock election featuring drag performers shows

A school bus outside of Kenai Central High School advertises driver positions on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Staff shortage, gas prices change school bus routes

The changes do not apply to the district’s special education students

The cast of “Tarzan” rides the Triumvirate Theatre float during the Independence Day parade in downtown Kenai, Alaska on Monday, July 4, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
The show goes on as Triumvirate seeks funding for new theater

The troupe has staged shows and events and is looking to debut a documentary as it raise funds for new playhouse

Aaron Surma, the executive director for National Alliance on Mental Illness Juneau and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, leads a safety plan workshop Tuesday night hosted by NAMI and the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition. The workshop was a collaborative brainstorming session with Juneau residents about how to create a safety plan that people can use to help someone who is experiencing a mental health or suicide crisis. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Study shows a rise in anxiety and depression among children in Alaska

Increase may indicate growing openness to discussing mental health, according to experts

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer addresses election information and misinformation during a press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. (Screenshot)
With a week to go, officials work to clear up election confusion

Officials provided updated ballot statistics, fielded questions from reporters and clarified misconceptions about the current election cycle

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
State reports 21 new COVID deaths; cases down from last week

20 of the reported deaths took place from May to July

A closeup of one of the marijuana plants at Greatland Ganja in Kasilof, Alaska, as seen on March 19, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly streamlines process for marijuana establishment license applications

License applications will now go straight to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for consideration

Most Read