Jury trial for man accused of sex abuse slated for November

Russel S. Griffin pleads not guilty to seven counts of child sex abuse

A Juneau man accused of sexually abusing two girls has pleaded not guilty to the felony charges.

Russel S. Griffin, 47, entered his pleas through his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Eric Hedland, Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

Hedland requested a jury trial, which Judge Louis Menendez scheduled to begin Nov. 5. Menendez presided over the hearing for Judge Philip Pallenberg, who is out of town and is assigned to the case.

Griffin is next scheduled to appear in court for an omnibus hearing on Sept. 20, and a pretrial hearing on Oct. 30.

He is facing seven child sex abuse charges after being indicted by a Juneau grand jury last Friday.

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

Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams noted during the hearing she filed a motion for the court to review whether Griffin is eligible to be represented by the public defender agency, which the court appoints if a defendant cannot afford to hire his or her own attorney. Menendez said he had not seen the motion yet, but the matter would be addressed.

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

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