Ex-scout leader accused of sexually abusing young girls

Posted: Friday, May 30, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Numerous sexual abuse charges have been filed against a former Boy Scout leader from Eagle River who is accused of abusing three girls over the past 18 months.

Ted Charles Beard, 37, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor amid allegations involving the girls, who are between the ages of 11 and 15, police said.

Beard, who also worked with church youth groups, is charged with more than 20 counts of abuse and attempted abuse. He is being held at the Anchorage jail on $50,000 bail.

Detective Kevin Vandegriff said police learned of the alleged abuse from Providence Alaska Medical Center in early April, after Beard went to the hospital's emergency room with suicidal tendencies and told staffers he had been sexually inappropriate with two young girls.

Police launched an investigation, and Beard was initially arrested on April 3 on eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Afterward, the children disclosed more incidents, Vandegriff said, and more charges were added.

Beard pleaded not guilty Wednesday. His trial is scheduled for Aug. 11.

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