Following a jury trial in the Anchorage superior court, Robert C. "Chris" Sharp was convicted of four counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, AS 11.41.434(a), and one count of felony failure to appear, AS 12.30.060(1). The sexual abuse charges were premised on Sharp's molestation of four young girls, J.B., S.E., M.P., and J.G., all of whom had been entrusted to Sharp's mother, a day-care provider. Following his indictment, Sharp fled Alaska after manufacturing an apparent suicide in Turnagain Arm. (Sharp's parents were his accomplices in this endeavor: see Jean and Homer Sharp v. State, Memorandum Opinion No. 2370 (Alaska App., March 11, 1992)). This effort to avoid prosecution resulted in Sharp's indictment for failure to appear.