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2 indictments issued Friday

Posted: August 12, 2012 - 11:00pm

A Juneau grand jury handed up two indictments Friday.

James R. Hanson, 42, was indicted on one count of second-degree drug misconduct for allegedly possessing heroin with intent to deliver on Aug. 3.

That’s a class ‘A’ felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

Online court records show Hanson was arraigned in Ketchikan on Aug. 4 and appeared in Juneau District Court before Judge Keith Levy on Aug. 7.

Records show he is represented by the Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland.

Police and prosecutors could not be reached immediately to discuss the charges.

Since an indictment was returned, the case in district court will be closed out and re-opened in Juneau Superior Court, which handles felony cases. Judge Louis Menendez is now assigned to his case, according to court documents.

Also indicted was Russel S. Griffin, 47. He was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, an unclassified felony, and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a class ‘B’ felony.

Prosecutors allege Griffin began sexually abusing two girls, now ages 10 and 11, just months after he was let off of supervised probation in 2010. That probation stemmed from an earlier 2004 sexual abuse conviction.

Griffin is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $250,000 bond.

Indictments are not indicative of guilt, but rather formal accusations of illegal activity.

The District Attorney’s Office presents cases to the grand jury each Friday.

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

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