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Press Release

Noorvik Man Sentenced on Sexual Offense Cases

October 11, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – On Monday October 10, 2016, Superior Court Judge Michael Corey sentenced 29 year old Noorvik resident Alex Troy Coffin to spend more than four years in prison for offenses committed in Kotzebue and in Anchorage.

Coffin previously pled guilty to attempted sexual assault in the second degree and pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree and violating conditions of release. Coffin signed statements detailing his crimes as part of the guilty plea.

Kotzebue Police Officer Hal Henning’s 2014 investigation revealed that on December 7, 2013 Coffin was drinking with six others and that the victim passed out. Coffin pulled down the woman’s pants and tried to have sexual intercourse with her. During his attempt the victim woke up and Coffin stopped. Coffin was indicted by the Kotzebue District Attorney’s Office and released on bail.

While on release pending trial in Kotzebue, Coffin moved to Anchorage to live with his mother, who was serving as his court-approved third party custodian. On November 27, 2015, Anchorage Police were alerted by the mother of a 13 year old young relative that Coffin sexually abused the 13 year old while she was sleeping. Anchorage Police investigated and learned Coffin admitted to his mother that he touched his relative. Coffin was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree and violating conditions of release.

At sentencing Coffin said he was “sorry for what I did” but that he “can’t change the past.” Judge Corey recognized that Coffin accepted responsibility for his crimes, sentenced him to the maximum sentence of two years in prison for the sexual abuse of a minor and six months in prison for violating conditions of release for the Anchorage crimes. Judge Corey sentenced Coffin to two years in prison and five years on probation for the attempted sexual assault in Kotzebue.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Daniel Shorey at (907) 269-6369 or

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