Police say Wasilla man sexually abused girl multiple times

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 21:24
  • James Moen was arrested on Aug. 29, 2017 after he allegedly confessed to sexually abusing a young girl about a decade earlier. (Photo courtesy Anchorage Police Department)

A 31-year-old man Wasilla man accused of repeatedly raping a young Eagle River girl over the course of more than two years has been arrested on child sex abuse charges.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, James Eric Moen was arrested on Aug. 29 after he allegedly confessed to the abuse, which police said took place about a decade ago. According to a public statement released by the department, the abuse happened when Moen was in his early 20s. Police said Moen also confessed to sexually abusing other girls and that he may have more victims in Southcentral Alaska.

According to charging documents in the case, the girl — who is now an adult — couldn’t remember exactly when the abuse began, but she thought it was around the time she was in 1st grade.

According to the complaint written by APD Det. Brett Sarber, Moen allegedly abused the girl at least 15 different times at multiple locations, including a cabin in Big Lake and at two homes in Eagle River.

APD spokesman MJ Thim said police were forwarded a report about the alleged abuse from the Office of Children’s Services on July 26, 2017. Thim didn’t have any additional information about how the report was made to OCS.

Det. Sarber interviewed the woman and she detailed the extent of Moen’s abuse. On Aug. 29, police received a warrant to record a conversation between Moen and his alleged victim, during which he allegedly admitted to the crimes.

“Moen said he may have done it all because he had been abused as a child, something he never told anyone about prior to this phone call,” Det. Sarber wrote. “Moen acknowledged with his own words that he knew it was wrong when he did it, and that [the victim] was about 6-8 years old.”

The abuse stopped when the girl was in 4th grade, after she told a friend what was happening, according to Det. Sarber’s complaint. At the time, the girl’s friend told her mother, who informed the abused girl’s parents.

According to the complaint, the abused girl’s father confronted Moen, telling him not to touch his daughter anymore. Det. Sarber said the father told police he was not aware of the extent of the abuse, “which is why police weren’t called and no one notifed OCS or anything,” Sarber wrote.

The abuse ended after the father confronted Moen, police wrote, and the girl was never allowed to be with him unsupervised again.

Moen is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, an unclassified felony. According to court records he is being held at the Anchorage Jail on $100,000 bail with a third-party custodian requirement.

Anyone who may have been a victim or who has children who may have spent time with Moen is asked to call APD Dispatch at 786-8900 and dial “0” to speak to an operator.

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