ER man indicted for sexual abuse of a minor
(UPDATED Dec. 19, 2016)
An Eagle River man arrested in mid-April for allegedly assaulting a 6-year-old girl has been formally indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
If convicted, 37-year-old Lance Hagedon faces up to 99 years in prison.
An Anchorage grand jury handed down the charges Thursday, Dec. 15. Hagedon was arraigned on the charges Monday, Dec. 19, in Anchorage Superior Court.
According to a search warrant filed in April by Anchorage Police Department detective Christopher Mueller, the girl’s mother contacted police after her daughter said Hagedon touched her inappropriately while the girl was staying at Hagedon’s home in September, 2015.
Mueller – who works in the department’s child crime unit – wrote the girl reported at least four instances of sexual assault while visiting Hagedon’s home.
The girl told Detective Mueller she didn’t come forward until months later because Hagedon “told her he didn’t want to go to jail in front of her friend who then started to cry,” he wrote. “[The victim] didn’t tell anyone because she didn’t want her friend to grow up without a father.”
Hagedon is being held on $25,000 cash bail with a third-party custodian requirement. An online court database search on Monday reported he was lodged at Anchorage Jail. A trial date has not been set for Hagedon, who is represented by a public defender. His next scheduled court date is a pretrial conference slated for February, 2017.