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Convicted sex offender arrested in sexual abuse of minors case

JPD: Detectives seeking possible additional victims

Posted: August 1, 2012 - 5:01pm

Police say a Juneau man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of sexually abusing two girls, ages 9 and 10, and police say they are still seeking other potential victims.

Juneau Police Department Lt. David Campbell said in a release that Russel Shaun Griffin, 47, was arrested today just before noon on a $250,000 arrest warrant.

The warrant was issued for Griffin to answer to three charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Those are both felonies.

Campbell said the arrest followed a JPD investigation involving the two suspected victims. The investigation is ongoing, and Campbell said detectives are trying to determine if there are any additional potential victims in the community.

JPD said anyone with information is encouraged to call Det. Kim Horn at JPD at 586-0600.

Electronic court records suggest Griffin was previously convicted of a sex crime in 2004.

In that case, Griffin was charged in October 2003 with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor for an offense on Aug. 26, 2003.

He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in March 2004, according to court records. The other charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea, records show.

Then-Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks sentenced Griffin to four years in prison with two years and six months suspended. He was also placed on probation for five years after his release.

No other information was immediately available. This is a developing story.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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