Soldotna man accused of sexually abusing a minor

A Soldotna man is facing a charge of sexual abuse of a minor for an incident alleged to have taken place last month.

Thomas Hill, 52, is accused of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor who was under 13 at the time of the alleged incident, according to charging documents. Soldotna Police Department officers received a report on March 24 that Hill had abused a minor, according to a probable cause statement.

When other people who lived in the same home as Hill confronted him about the alleged abuse, he denied it, according to the statement. Hill was asked to leave the house.

Soldotna police received another report a few days later that Hill had caused damage to the home while he was leaving, estimated at about $1,200, according to the statement. He also faces one count of third-degree criminal mischief, according to charging documents.

According to Soldotna police, Hill confessed to touching the alleged victim inappropriately during an interview on March 31. He was arraigned in Kenai court on April 1, the same day the charges were filed, and is scheduled to be back in court April 11 for a preliminary hearing, according to online court records.

First-degree sexual abuse of a minor is an unclassified felony in Alaska, while third-degree criminal mischief is a class C felony.

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

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