More sexual abuse charges filed in Bethel case

BETHEL — A former Bethel daycare operator has been indicted on additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor.


Peter Tony, 69, is already in custody on seven federal counts of sexual abuse of a minor. A grand jury added three additional counts involving a new victim who was allegedly abused in 1998, KYUK reported.

Tony, a former foster parent, also is accused of abusing a 4-year-old for about a year. Tony’s stepdaughter, Kimberley Bruesch, 48, said she was abused by him when she was 8 years old. The Ketchikan woman said her two sisters also were abused as children and committed suicide as adults.

Bruesch can’t press charges because the statute of limitations has expired for her.

The Associated Press usually doesn’t identify people who may be victims of sexual abuse, but Bruesch has spoken publicly about her allegations.

Tony is represented by the Public Defender Agency, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Tony’s foster parenting license with his wife, Marilyn, was revoked by the state Office of Children’s Services in 1998, the same year as the alleged abuse that’s noted in the three new charges. The couple had been foster parents for 14 years.

Bethel police said the year before the license revocation, allegations of abuse had been filed with the Office of Children’s Services. The agency has not said why the license was revoked and officials there said they are looking into the case.

After losing the foster license, the couple opened an in-home daycare, which operated until a few years ago.

Police began investigating in January and said there could be more victims going back to the 1970s.

All 10 charges against Tony are felonies.


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