FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 49-year-old North Pole man is accused of molesting four children and trying to solicit a fifth.
Kenneth Rarick was indicted Thursday on various counts of sexual abuse of a minor, stemming from incidents over the last four years. He faces five counts of first-degree and three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, as well as one count of second-degree solicitation of sexual abuse of a minor.
Four of the alleged victims are boys.
Rarick was originally charged with a single count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor based on a Dec. 1 incident in which he allegedly molested a 10-year-old boy at a North Pole area home.
According to the complaint, a witness woke up at about 1 a.m. and saw Rarick in the living room with the boy. When she asked Rarick what he was doing, he told her there was something wrong with the boy's knee and he was checking it out, the woman told Alaska State Troopers.
In a later interview, the alleged victim told troopers that Rarick had molested him and told him not to tell anyone because the boy might get blamed, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
Assistant District Attorney Teresa Foster that incident led to the identification of more alleged victims and the filing of additional charges.
Foster said three of the alleged victims had lived in the same household as Rarick when he worked as a live-in home-school teacher for one of them from 1997 to 1998. One of the more recent alleged victims was the son of a friend of Rarick, while another just happened to be visiting in the same residence as Rarick, Foster said.
The five children ranged in age from 10 to 13 years old at the time of the respective alleged offenses against them, according to Foster.
Rarick is listed in the state sex offender database as having already been convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in Fairbanks Superior Court in 1982.
He is in custody on $50,000 bail. The district attorney's office has proposed the bail be increased to $250,000 based on the new charges in the indictment.
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