Man indicted for alleged sex abuse of North Pole girl

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 26-year-old man has been indicted on charges he had sex in August with a 13-year-old North Pole girl he met over the Internet.

A grand jury indicted Jason R. Richards on four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, all stemming from the Aug. 17 encounter.

After meeting over the Internet, the two then talked for about two months before having sex at a North Pole residence Aug. 17, Alaska State Trooper Investigator Lantz Dahlke told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

The accusations surfaced when troopers received a report from a crisis line that the girl called hours after the encounter, said trooper Michael Wery, who initially investigated the case before he was transferred to Bethel in December. The girl called a toll-free telephone number that connected her to an agency in the Lower 48. That agency called troopers to report the incident, Wery said.

Richards, who Wery said is listed as a transient but has been staying with friends after living in abandoned houses in North Pole, is not in custody but has been issued a summons to appear in court on Friday.

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