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Eagle River Man Indicted for Sexual Abuse of Child

December 15, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, AK) – Today, 37 year old Lance Hagedon of Eagle River was indicted for sexually abusing a child on multiple occasions in Eagle River in 2015. The Anchorage grand jury indicted Hagedon on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.

In April 2016, the Anchorage Police Department received a report of sexual abuse from the mother of a seven year old child who alleged she had been inappropriately touched by the father of her friend. Detective Christopher Mueller from the Anchorage Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit interviewed the child in April 2016 at Alaska C.A.R.E.S. The interviews led to the disclosures that the alleged abuse occurred between September 29, 2015 and October 1, 2015 at Hagedon’s residence in Eagle River.

If convicted, Hagedon faces a sentence of up to 99 years for the alleged sexual abuse. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, December 19, 2016. Hagedon has remained in the custody since his arrest in April 2016. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail and is required to be released to a third party custodian.

The charges in the indictment are only an allegation and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Kevin Bergt at (907) 269-6300 or kevin.bergt@alaska.gov. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

Alaska C.A.R.E.S. is a Children’s Advocacy Center located in an outpatient clinic near Providence Alaska Medical Center. Alaska C.A.R.E.S. provides sexual and physical abuse evaluations for children, newborn to age 18 and 24-hour on-call services. More information is available at http://alaska.providence.org/locations/c/cares.

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