New charges added in assault

Posted: Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Kenai middle school teacher indicted on one first-degree count of sexual assault involving an 18-year-old woman from Kenai on Jan. 13, was indicted on seven additional first-degree counts of sexual assault Friday after investigation revealed a second victim.

Investigators from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation first arrested Erik P. Larson, 34, of Soldotna, on Jan. 8, after it received a report of sexual assault.

The second victim, discovered after his arrest on Jan. 8, was allegedly assaulted on multiple occasions during the summer of 2004. When the assaults occurred the second victim, also female, was 15.

Larson teaches special education classes and has been teaching since the fall of 2002. According to Alaska Statute 12.55, first-degree sexual assault is an unclassified felony and can result in up to $500,000 in fines and 40 years in prison.

Investigation into whether there are any additional victims is continuing, said Eugene Fowler, an investigator for the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

However, as of now there is no evidence of any other victims other than the two already revealed, and there is no reason to panic, Fowler said.

“This guy isn’t hiding in the bushes and jumping on people,” Fowler said.

Larson currently is in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.

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