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Reports of physical and sexual abuse against children spiking in Kodiak
by Peter J Mladineo
May 02, 2014 | 496 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Alaska State Troopers reported that several incidents involving abuse or sexual abuse of minors were reported to it during the last week, indicative of a rising tide in abuse and sexual crimes against minors in Kodiak.

The State Troopers reports listed two allegations of physical abuse of a minor cases and two accounts of sexual abuse of a minor, all of which are being investigated.

One report from April 17 detailed “possible child abuse involving several children currently in foster care.” “The children were removed from the home and placed in the custody of OCS,” the report added.

The report also said that the Office of Children's Services and the Child Advocacy Center are assisting in an ongoing investigation of that and other physical and sexual abuse allegations against children.

Beth Ipsen, spokesperson for Alaska State Troopers, told the Mirror that all of these incidents seemed to have occurred independently of each other.

“There is really no rhyme nor reason why they came in at the same time. And they’re going to be investigated,” Ipsen added that no charges had yet been filed on any of the cases.

Kristy Lawton of the Office of Children’s Services reported that her office is participating in the investigation of the foster care allegations.

She also reports that a spike in child abuse has been observed in Kodiak for the first four months of 2014.

“We’ve seen a spike so far in 2014 as compared to 2013 and 2012. In the prior two years we averaged six to eight investigations a month. So far in 2014 in the first four months we’ve seen a total of 53, which is an average of 13 investigations a month. So that’s virtually doubled what we’re seeing on a monthly basis for the first part of this year,” Lawton said.

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