Two Nikiski men were arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday afternoon in separate cases involving sexual abuse of minors.
Pleas of "not guilty" were entered on behalf of Michael R. Foster, 43, on 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and 11 counts of first-degree sexual assault, and on behalf of Jason A. Kelly, 27, on 31 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
The crimes are unclassified felonies and each count carries a possible penalty of up to $75,000 and up to 30 years in prison.
Foster is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl repeatedly between May 2003 and May 19 of this year.
On May 19, Alaska State Troopers responded to a 911 call reporting a sexual assault.
Foster was arrested following an investigation by troopers and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he is being held without bail.
On May 11, troopers received a report alleging the sexual abuse of two children in the Soldotna area.
An investigation by ABI and the Kenai Office of Children's Services resulted in the arrest of Kelly, who is accused of abusing two children between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2002. Kelly was taken to Wildwood Pretrial, where bail was set at $25,000.
Judge Charles T. Huguelet scheduled a jury trial for Aug. 2 for Foster and Aug. 9 for Kelly.
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