Arraignment stalled for Soldotna man accused of abuse

The arraignment for a former Soldotna karate teacher accused of the sexual abuse and exploitation of a minor was pushed back to next week.

The hearing began at the Kenai Courthouse on Tuesday, but was continued to Feb. 16 because Michael Dean Hancock, 57, did not yet have a copy of the indictment for the new charges against him.

Hancock was indicted Feb. 3 by a Kenai grand jury on one charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three charges of unlawful exploitation of a minor. These counts followed 13 charges relating to possession and distribution of child pornography for which he was indicted by an Anchorage grand jury in January.

Hancock appeared at the arraignment over the phone, though Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran said an order had been issued to transfer him from Anchorage. Adam Alexander of the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, who also appeared telephonically, said defense has been appointed for Hancock for his original case in Anchorage, but that defense has yet to be appointed for the Kenai case.

According to Hancock’s Feb. 3 indictment, the alleged sexual abuse occurred on two separate occasions in 2006, while the minor was 15. The counts of unlawful exploitation are alleged to have taken place in early 2007, when the minor was 16, according to the indictment.

Peninsula Martial Arts on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna, where Hancock was a karate instructor, was shut down in December.

First-degree sexual abuse of a minor is an unclassified felony, for which Hancock could serve 20-99 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $500,000 if convicted. Second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful exploitation of a minor are both class B felonies, which carry a punishment of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

The child pornography charges Hancock already faces are a mix of class B and C felonies. Class C felonies carry a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. A kiosk that will offer educational programming and interpretive products about the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is coming to the airport. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsua Clarion)
Wildlife refuge kiosk coming to airport

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge stickers, T-shirts, magnets, travel stamps and enamel pins will be available.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (CDC)
5 more COVID deaths reported

The total nationwide fatalities surpass population of Alaska.

Velda Geller fills goodie bags at the Kenai Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 for next weekend’s drive-through trick-or-treat event. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘This has been a lifesaver’

Seniors seek human connection as pandemic continues.

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
‘A very slippery slope that we need to be careful of’

Approval of library grant postponed after Kenai council requests to preview book purchases

This undated photo released by the Alaska State Department of Public Safety shows Robin Pelkey just before her 18th birthday. The remains of a woman known for 37 years only as Horseshoe Harriet, one of 17 victims of a notorious Alaska serial killer, have been identified through DNA profiling as Robin Pelkey, authorities said Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Alaska State Department of Public Safety via AP)
DNA match IDs serial killer’s victim after 37 years

Robin Pelkey was 19 and living on the streets of Anchorage when she was killed by Robert Hansen in the early 1980s, investigators said.

A moose is photographed in Kalifornsky, Alaska, in July 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Illegal moose harvest down from past 5 years

The large majority of moose this year were harvested from North and South Kasilof River areas.

Renee Behymer and Katelyn Behymer (right) of Anchorage win this week’s vaccine lottery college scholarship sweepstakes. (Photo provided)
Dillingham and Anchorage residents win 6th vaccine lottery

“Get it done,” one winner said. “Protect us all, protect our elders and our grandchildren.”

Most Read