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Soldotna man charged with sexual abuse

Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011

A Soldotna man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree after allegedly abusing a 14-year-old female over the course of a year.

Police arrested Luke Edward Warkentin Saturday after Central Peninsula General Hospital employees contacted the Soldotna Police Department regarding a walk-in patient's report of sexual abuse.

Warkentin, 36, was arraigned Sunday and is being held at Wildwood Pre-Trail facility on $100,000 bond and a court-approved third-party custodian.

According to a criminal complaint submitted by Officer Rory Espy, the victim spoke with a child forensic interviewer in Espy's presence after being brought to the hospital by her mother.

The victim reported progressively invasive touching over the course of the last year, with initial incidents involving sexual touching through the clothing and moving toward digital and oral penetration as time went on.

In addition to becoming more invasive, the abuse also became more frequent, according to the victim's report summarized in the complaint. She said the abuse progressed from occurring about every two weeks to nearly every day.

The victim confided in another teenager two days prior to Warkentin's arrest. He eventually convinced her to tell her mother about the abuse.

The court granted Warkentin's request for counsel. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 13.

Karen Garcia can be reached at karen.garcia@peninsulaclarion.com



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