Youth coach charged with sexual assault

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A youth basketball coach in Fort Yukon has been charged with having sex with a 13-year-old player, state prosecutors said.

Twenty-one-year-old Russell Jacob Shewfelt is charged with sexual abuse of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Prosecutors said the girl's mother on Jan. 12 discovered a diary detailing the girl's sexual relationship with Shewfelt.

The girl was a player on the Little Dribblers fourth-through-seventh-grade basketball team coached by Shewfelt.

Authorities said Shewfelt also gave the girl and another minor alcohol.

Alaska State Troopers said Shewfelt initially denied a sexual relationship with the girl but later acknowledged it.

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