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Woman Accused of Sex Assault Against Airman Changes Plea

By Neil Torquiano, Digital Producer, ntorquiano@ktuu.com
Published On: Oct 28 2013 09:45:47 PM AKDT
Updated On: Oct 29 2013 06:11:38 AM AKDT

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41-year-old Lagina Griffiths pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sexual assault in the second degree as part of a plea agreement. (Oct. 28, 2013)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

A woman accused of sexually assaulting and blackmailing an Air Force airman changed in her plea in Anchorage court.

On Monday, 41-year-old Lagina Griffiths pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sexual assault in the second degree as part of a plea agreement.

According to Anchorage police, Griffiths met an airman at the former Rumrunner’s bar in August 2012. She brought the man to her Eagle River home and performed sexual acts without his consent after the man fell asleep on her couch. Police say the married airman woke up to find her performing oral sex, which became part of a blackmail plot.

The airman reported the case to the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, which turned the case over to Anchorage police’s Special Victims Unit. The SVU established probable cause through search warrants and interviews. She was charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and coercion.

After her change of plea, Griffiths was taken into custody again. Her sentencing is scheduled for late February 2014.