Orthodox Kodiak celebrates Christmas

Congregants exit Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.  (James Brooks photo)

A Wasilla man faces felony burglary and criminal mischief charges after being arrested Wednesday for allegedly breaking into the Holy Resurrection Cathedral on Kashevaroff Avenue, according to a court affidavit.

Kodiak police officers responded to a burglary alarm early Wednesday morning, the affidavit states. Once on scene, officers began to check the building’s perimeter and noticed that the back door had been broken in.

The officers entered the building and discovered a male individual lying on the ground “in front of the door partially covered by some priests’ clothes and in his underwear,” according to the affidavit. 

The officers identified the man as Jessie Keith Ottoson, 35, after contacting and obtaining a booking photo from the dispatch center, as the man did not have identification, according to the affidavit. During the investigation, officers detected “an odor of consumed alcoholic beverages emanating from him,” the affidavit states.

Ottoson allegedly “damaged the back door frame when he made entry into the building,” the affidavit states. The document also said that Ottoson allegedly “damaged some of the gold candle holders and a cabinet door inside the church.”

Officers spoke with a parishioner who served as the church’s responding party who estimated the damage to be around $1,000, according to the affidavit. Ottoson was transported back to Kodiak City Jail, where officers conducted a preliminary alcohol breath test, which came back with a sample of 0.203, according to the affidavit.

Officers conducted a routine records check and found that Ottoson had conditions of release associated with two other cases, including a Kodiak misdemeanor that remains open, according to court records. 

As part of the conditions of his release, Ottoson had to pay a $2,500 performance bond and was placed on an electronic monitoring unit with restrictions to stay at least 300 feet from the Holy Resurrection Cathedral and St. Herman Theological Seminary. Ottoson was also ordered not to consume any alcohol and submit to blood alcohol tests.

Ottoson will appear in court Sept. 13 for a preliminary hearing. His attorney could not be reached for comment.


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