Homer captain gets 10 years

• Man was court-required to set $160,000 in trust fund for his victims to receive counseling.
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune

Randall Hines

Randall Hines

A Homer charter boat captain was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage Monday for one consolidated count of distributing drugs to underage individuals and one count of possession of child pornography.
Randall Scott Hines, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy M. Burgess to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by 10 years supervised release. Following his release from federal custody, Hines must register as a sex offender for 15 years.
In imposing the sentence, Judge Burgess commented that the facts Hines admitted in the plea agreement “underscore just how serious this offense was.”
In the years between 2008 and 2011, Hines engaged in sexual relationships with a series of teenage girls in Homer. Hines frequently supplied these girls with methamphetamine or other drugs, often in conjunction with having sex with them. Four of the six teenage girls with whom Hines had a sex and drug relationship were under the age of 16, at the time, and thus were under Alaska’s legal age of consent.
According to prosecuting attorney Kim Sayers-Fay, Hines’ 10-year sentence and 10-year period of supervised release reflects that his crimes involved a pattern of sexual abuse.
Hines also pled guilty to possessing a sexually explicit video clip of him engaged in sex conduct with one of the minor victims. By virtue of that child pornography conviction, Hines will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years following his release from federal custody.
During his sentencing remarks, Judge Burgess rejected the suggestion that Hines’ own methamphetamine addiction mitigated his culpability for his conduct.
“The bottom line is, in those instances that were outlined and detailed in the plea agreement in this case, there was one adult in the room. One adult. And that was you,” Burgess said. “You were the adult. I don’t care if you were drunk. I don’t care if you were on methamphetamine or oxycodone. You were the adult in the room, and you didn’t act like the adult in the room.”
Hines was the operator of Fish On charters and captain of his 30-foot fishing vessel “The Rebel.”
Hines pleaded guilty Feb. 21, 2012 to one count of distributing drugs to an underage person and one count of possessing child pornography. According to a 2011 indictment, one of the girls getting meth from Hines ran away from home and went to live with Hines, “who had advised her he could provide her with a better life.”
Instead, Hines all but ruined the girls’ lives, federal prosecutors wrote.
The plea agreement says Hines “created or exacerbated serious drug or mental health problems among a vulnerable population of teenage girls.” Because the girls need rehabilitation and therapy, Hines is required to pay $160,000 to a trust fund for the victims.
The prosecutors agreed to release his seized boat and sport utility vehicle, a blue 2010 Ford Edge, to help him pay the $160,000. This has been completed.
One of the victim’s mothers said she feels this is a just sentence.
“The girls were brave and stood up for what was right,” she said. “Some of these girls had no one to speak for them, no one to stick up for them.”
A previous plea agreement would have given Hines a lighter sentence that the mother objected to, which helped get a new plea agreement structured. The judge tacked on an extra year.
“I think this will send a message not to mess with the girls of our community. The streets of Homer are a safer place today,” she said.

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