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Former Akiachak school teacher found guilty of sexually abusing minors

Francisco Martínezcuello
Nora Guinn Justice Complex

It took 12 jurors two and a half hours of deliberation to find John Mark Hammonds guilty of all 14 felony counts of sexual abuse and assault on a minor and one misdemeanor count that occurred while in custody.

Ten of the 12 jury members were Alaska Native, three of them lived outside the city of Bethel, and there was just one woman.

After the state showed 92 exhibits and called 32 witnesses, including each of his victims, his ex-wife, and one of their children, Hammonds’ defense called just one witness.

As Judge Terrence Haas read the verdict, Hammonds was expressionless.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2024. Hammonds faces a sentencing range from 40 years and 5 days to 595 years.

Francisco Martínezcuello was the KYUK News Reporting Fellow from November 2022 through January 2024. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
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