Fairbanks police arrest accused sex offender

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A newly hired mental health clinician for a Fairbanks teenage substance abuse treatment program is accused of molesting a boy in his former Idaho town.

William Masimer, 58, faces extradition to Cascade, Idaho, where he is charged with four felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16.

Fairbanks police arrested Masimer on a $500,000 warrant Friday.

Masimer is accused of molesting a boy in 1997 and 1998, according to comments from Valley County prosecuting attorney Richard Roats to The Star-News in Idaho. Masimer faces a maximum of life in prison on each of the four lewd conduct charges.

Masimer was undergoing employee orientation at Life Givers, a substance abuse treatment program for Native teenage girls that is operated by Fairbanks Native Association. Masimer was working in a director position at a care center in Fort Yukon before applying to Life Givers, FNA Director Annette Freiburger said.

Freiburger said Masimer had not started any work at Life Givers. She said Masimer was hired because of his mental health background.

''This person is a professional,'' she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. ''He has a lot of credentials.''

Before Masimer was hired, he cleared an extensive background check, including reference checks, finger printing and the Alaska State Troopers background check system, Freiburger said.

However, it's likely the check came back clean because Masimer was not charged with the crimes until last week, when the boy reportedly told authorities about the alleged incidents of abuse.

A trial date on the charges will not be set until Masimer is transported back to Idaho. According to Fairbanks court documents, Idaho authorities are traveling to Alaska to transport Masimer.

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