Emmonak magistrate indicted for sexual abuse

Posted: Sunday, May 28, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A former state magistrate in the Lower Yukon village of Emmonak has been indicted on sexual abuse charges involving four children, including two of his own.

Ron Self Jr. is charged with one count of rape and eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor. The rape and four of the other counts are unclassified felonies, each of which carries a mandatory sentence of at least eight years, said Assistant Attorney General Renee Erb.

Self, 33, was arrested in Bethel Thursday after a grand jury there handed up the indictment, according to Erb. She said Self was being held on $100,000 bail at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.

Self is accused of incidents that allegedly occurred between 1996 and April of this year.

The children involved were between 10 and 14 at the time they were abused, according to the indictment. Their gender was not revealed in the court documents and Erb declined to discuss details of the case.

The alleged rape and five sexual abuse incidents took place in or near Emmonak. The other three took place in Mountain Village, according to the indictment.

Emmonak, about 170 miles northwest of Bethel, is at the mouth of the Yukon River. Mountain Village is about 50 miles upriver.

The allegations against Self emerged after Alaska State Troopers in Bethel were notified by the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital on April 10, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said. Staffers from the Bethel hospital's sexual assault response unit said ''they had a person there claiming to be a victim of sexual assault,'' Wilkinson said.

Troopers from Bethel and the criminal investigation bureau in Anchorage investigated. The case was turned over to the Attorney General's office, which often gets involved when local district attorneys have previous dealings with defendants, said Assistant Attorney General Eric Johnson, who heads the special prosecutions and appeals office in Anchorage.

Self is schedule for a Sept. 4 trial in Bethel. William Fuld, a retired district judge, has been appointed to the case, according to Erb. She said Self still does not have an attorney to represent him.

Self began his magistrate post on June 1, 1998 and left the job May 16, said Ron Woods, area court adminstrator for the 4th Judicial District, which covers Emmonak. Woods declined to say whether Self left the bench voluntarily.

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