Nikiski man pleads in abuse, incest case

A 50-year-old Nikiski man pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of sexual abuse of a minor and incest Tuesday in Kenai Superior Court.

John Christensen Jr. was originally charged in August of 2012 with 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, incest and attempted sexual abuse of a minor. He was then arraigned in district court, but the two counts of sexual abuse of a minor were dismissed in mid-March of this year after the state failed to produce evidence at a scheduled preliminary hearing.

Christensen was indicted in superior court on March 22 on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, two counts of incest and six counts of attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree. Christensen pleaded not guilty to the charges and Judge Carl Bauman set the case for trial starting the week of June 17.

The Nikiski man’s charges stem from allegations that he sexually abused a girl known to him multiple times from the time she was nine until she was 14.

According to court records, the girl said Christensen allegedly began touching her inappropriately and the instances escalated in severity through the years until he assaulted her, first at the age of 13 and then most recently in July 2012.

During an interview with an Alaska State Trooper, Christensen allegedly admitted to abusing the girl every other month for the last year and a half, according to court records.

“Christensen stated he is responsible for his actions and knew what he was doing to (the girl) was wrong,” trooper Scott Briggs wrote in an affidavit. “Christensen continued to be cooperative and provided an apology letter for (the girl).

“Christensen further stated he wants to get help and is glad it’s over so he and (the girl) can both get the help they need.”

 

Brian Smith can be reached at brian.smith@peninsulaclarion.com.

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