Unalaska police see spike in sexual assaults

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

UNALASKA (AP) -- Unalaska police have seen a significant increase in the number of sexual assaults reported so far this year.

During the first five months, police have conducted 10 sexual assault investigations. During the three previous years combined, there were a total of 12 sexual assault cases, and the city has already more than doubled the four reports that were made throughout all of 2000.

Police recently made an arrest in the case of an alleged sexual assault aboard the Coast Guard cutter Hamilton. Most of the other cases remain under investigation.

Police don't know why there's a rash of sexual assaults.

''I can't think of anything that exists now that didn't exist before, but it's kind of flaring right now,'' said John Lucking, of the Unalaska police.

Police did say all the cases involve transient workers who do not make Unalaska their full-time home, and virtually all included alcohol or drug use. Many of the reported assaults occurred at processing plant bunkhouses.

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