Kenai man arrested on outstand warrant, faces sexual abuse of a minor charges

Kenai police officers on Saturday arrested a Kenai man who was wanted on an Alaska State Troopers warrant for sexual assault of a minor.

At 5:27 p.m., the Kenai Police Department was advised of the outstanding arrest warrant for Sheldon D. Howard; he was believed to be in the Kenai area, according to a trooper dispatch.

The 42-year-old Kenai resident is being charged with eight counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, according the dispatch.

Troopers in Palmer filed charges against Howard on Dec. 7. According to an indictment, there are two alleged victims, both were younger than 13.

The instances of alleged abuse occurred near Willow during the 2000-2001 school year and during the summer of 2001. The defendant was in his early 30s at that time.

Kenai police officers located Howard and arrested him without incident, according to the dispatch.

An arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday at the Palmer Courthouse.

Howard has a sparse criminal record on the Kenai Peninsula.

In Nov. 2002, he pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree assault charge. In Feb. 2006, he again pleaded no contest to a false report charge, a misdemeanor.

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