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Former Troopers captain accused of child sex abuse

Posted: February 25, 2014 - 1:01am

FAIRBANKS — The former head of the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks is being held without bail on charges of sexually abusing a minor.

Warren Tanner, 75, is charged with six felony counts of assaulting a child under the age of 13. The six charges list dates starting in 2003 and ending in 2011.

Online court records did not indicate that Tanner was represented by an attorney. He remained jailed Monday at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

The former trooper captain was arrested Friday afternoon by troopers and federal marshals, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Marshals were asked to help in serving the warrant because they were already in town on other business, Trooper spokesman Tim Despain said.

Tanner retired as a captain in 1999.

He was head of D Detachment for two years. The detachment covers rural areas from Healy and Tok south of Fairbanks to Barrow at the top of the state.

Tanner had worked as the agency’s statewide search and rescue coordinator.

Before joining the troopers, Tanner was provost marshal at Fort Wainwright.

A division of the troopers, the Child Crimes unit of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, on Thursday received a report that a man had sexually abused a 14-year-old girl, and that abuse had taken place over several years.

Tanner was arrested Friday and arraigned Saturday. He is scheduled for a March 4 preliminary hearing.

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