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Businessman charged with sexual abuse of a minor

Posted: June 26, 2011 - 8:00am

A former Soldotna business owner has been charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of indecent exposure after a now 11-year-old Wasilla girl came forward to tell authorities about the alleged abuse of her and her friend between August 2009 and February 2010.

Lyn Roger Christian was arraigned in a Palmer superior court on June 20. Christian, 50, faces felony charges for sexual abuse of a minor in the first and second degrees for allegedly abusing the two girls.

According to an affidavit submitted by Investigator Ruth Josten of the Wasilla Police Department, an interview was conducted in March with the 11-year-old girl and her mother. The girl explained the various manners of abuse, reporting that it happened repeatedly.

The victim also told the interviewer that Christian had made her now 10-year-old friend participate on one occasion. The friend said she never talked about it and never told anyone because she was scared.

Josten served a search warrant on Christian on June 6. During that recorded conversation, Christian said he never forced anything on the 11-year-old and that she “called the shots.” He admitted to “minor touching” and “minor oral sex,” and said that he let the girl “run her own game.”

The search warrant was served a second time on June 8, at which time Christian said that the girl “made initial contact.” He then denied everything, and called the girl a “major manipulator” who was on “heavy medication.” He also stated that “kids lie and fabricate and they stick together.”

Alaska business license and corporation records show Christian is the registered agent, president, and director of the corporation Kenai Security Services, Inc., which owns both Kenai Security Services and Mat-Su Security Services. However, recent filings show he no longer owns any shares in the company, and according to the current owner, other paperwork has been filed with the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to exclude Christian from the company.

Christian’s former attorney Joseph Skrha withdrew himself from the case Friday, stating the severity of the charges and Christian’s inability to raise funds for experts and attorney fees made him feel it would be in Christian’s best interest to have an attorney appointed for him.

Christian is now represented by the Public Defender Agency.

His bail is set at $100,000 and a court-approved third-party custodian.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 22.

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