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Press Release

Wainwright Man Indicted for Sexually Abusing Children in Wainwright and Anchorage

December 14, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, AK) – On December 8, 2016, 32 year old Raymond “Jonah” Negovanna was indicted for sexually abusing four different children in Wainwright and Anchorage from 2006 to 2015. The Anchorage grand jury indicted Negovanna on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and six counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.

In May 2016, the Anchorage Police Department received a report of sexual abuse from the Office of Children’s Services. A detective from the Crimes Against Children Unit interviewed multiple children in May and June 2016 at Alaska C.A.R.E.S. The interviews led to the disclosure of alleged sexual abuse in Anchorage and Wainwright. The detective worked with an officer from the North Slope Borough Police Department on the investigation, leading to Negovanna’s arrest in October 2016.

Negovanna faces a sentence of up to 99 years for the alleged sexual abuse. He was arraigned on the indictment on Monday, December 12, 2016 and is scheduled for trial in March 2017. Negovanna has been in the custody of the Department of Corrections since October 19, 2016. He is being held on $100,000 cash or corporate bail and a requirement for a court approved third party custodian.

The charges in the indictment are only an allegation and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Kevin Bergt at (907) 269-6300 or

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at

Alaska C.A.R.E.S. is a Children’s Advocacy Center located in an outpatient clinic near Providence Alaska Medical Center. Alaska C.A.R.E.S. provides sexual and physical abuse evaluations for children, newborn to age 18 and 24-hour on-call services. More information is available at

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