Former tribal judge faces child molesting charges

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A former Klawock tribal judge, has been indicted by a Ketchikan grand jury on charges of molesting an 11-year-old girl.

Byron V. Skinna Sr., 71, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor and sexual assault. The charges stem from a single incident involving an 11-year-old girl Dec. 23, according to the indictment and to Assistant District Attorney Dan Schally.

Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens on Friday scheduled an April 22 jury trial in Craig.

Skinna was one of three tribal judges who heard arguments and issued opinions and decisions in a recent dispute between the Ketchikan Indian Community and the We The People organization.

Skinna on Friday said he is no longer a tribal judge and refused to comment about the indictment.

''I'd like to, but they told me not to,'' he said.

Skinna was not arrested or jailed, said Schally. He remains free on his own recognizance subject to conditions that he has no contact with the alleged victim or her family, and also no contact with girls under age 16 who are not members of his own family, said Schally.

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