Soldotna karate teacher indicted on sex abuse charges

  • By Staff Report
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016 4:13pm
  • News

A Soldotna man already in custody on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography has been indicted by a grand jury on additional charges.

Michael Dean Hancock, 57, was indicted Wednesday on one charge of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three charges of unlawful exploitation of a minor, according to an Alaska State Trooper online dispatch. He remains in custody following an Anchorage Grand Jury indictment of 13 charges relating to the possession and distribution of child pornography in January, according to the dispatch.

Hancock, who was a karate instructor with Peninsula Martial Arts on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna, was indicted on the original charges on Jan. 14 and subsequently arrested. The business has since been shut down.

The Soldotna unit of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation is asking anyone who has information regarding additional potential victims to contact Investigator Peronto at 907-260-2709, troopers wrote in the dispatch.

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.

-Staff Report

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