Salvation Army captain arrested on sex charge

Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2001

Kenai Police arrested Cleland Troy Trickel, 44, shortly after noon Thursday on four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Trickel was a captain serving with the Salvation Army in Kenai.

According to a police investigation, Trickel had been engaged in sexual conduct with three female juvenile victims, ages 11 to 14, between September 1998 and August 1999.

Lt. Col. Terry W. Griffin, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in Alaska, said Trickel has been suspended as of Thursday and measures are being taken to send a counselor to help the congregation.

Trickel's wife, Capt. Debra Trickel, was not suspended and will take over her husband's duties.

"She will technically be in charge," Griffin said.

Griffin said the three female juveniles had been in Trickel's congregation in the past but were not recently attending the church.

"We are extremely disturbed by these allegations and our prayers are with everyone involved," Griffin said.

Trickel is currently being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility with bail set at $75,000.

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