Fourth man arraigned on child sex abuse charges

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl was arraigned on felony charges Saturday. He was the fourth man accused of abusing the girls.

Tariq V. Eskridge, 18, was arrested Friday on three sexual abuse charges, plus a charge of resisting arrest. He is accused of having oral sex with the 12-year-old, attempting to have intercourse with her and touching her breasts.

The girl told Alaska State Troopers that the incidents took place while she and a 13-year-old girl stayed in a Fairbanks home with seven men on Jan. 13 and 14. The girls said they were sexually assaulted by several of the men.

Eskridge is also accused of providing a false name and struggling with troopers trying to arrest him.

Troopers earlier arrested Corey M. Faulkner, 24, Kenny K. Applewhite, 19, and Antwan L. Sanders, 25, on similar charges.

The girls reportedly told the men they were 19 and 17 years old.

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