Fifth Circuit Court proceedings

– Admitted sex offender Guy Akau, who pleaded guilty to one count of third degree sexual assault, was sentenced to one year in prison and five years probation by Judge Clifford L. Nakea.

Akau was indicted Oct. 15, and was found guilty of one count of third-degree sexual assault in a jury-waived trial this Aug. 21. He was originally charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault.

The female victim was 14-16 years old at the time. Akau was more than five years older and not legally married to her. The victim and her family were present in the courtroom during the sentencing.

Public defender Edmund Acoba noted that Akau would be willing to pay restitution or a fine in lieu of jail time. Nakea denied that request. He also denied Akau’s request for extra time to find his teen-aged daughter another place to live.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, five years probation, a $100 fine for crime victims’ compensation, $150 payment to probation services and among other requirements Akau may not drink alcohol or possess pornographic or otherwise “inappropriate” materials.

– Roy Gouveia, who was arrested on a bench warrant in connection with breaking terms of probation, was found to have not started probation services since his guilty plea was deferred this July.

Gouveia pleaded guilty to credit card fraud and forgery in the second-degree, while the state dropped charges of credit card theft and three counts of forgery in the second degree.

– Sanoe Chandler, 19, listed as homeless, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant the morning of Nov. 11. She faces two separate cases involving writing bad checks.

Chandler was indicted in April on charges of theft in the second-degree and negotiating a worthless negotiable instrument (writing bad checks), and pleaded not guilty in both cases. A trial date was set for Jan. 13.

– Erika Wilcox, 50, entered a guilty plea in a plea bargain agreement to charges of credit card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft and fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. Wilcox will be sentenced in February, and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment.

Investigations showed that last January Wilcox stole a credit card from her roommate’s wallet and purchased about $300 worth of items over a six-month period, and forged prescriptions for Vicodin and Valium using her roommate’s name.

Wilcox told the court that after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1995 she was prescribed painkillers. She claimed she became addicted to the drugs, which impaired her judgment. Wilcox is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 13.

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