Kiana teacher charged with sexual abuse of minor

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

KIANA — A rural teacher has been accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student under the age of 18.

Alaska State Troopers say 26-year-old Sheree Buchanan of Kiana is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

She was arrested Monday night at the Kotzebue Airport as she traveled back from a trip to Anchorage. Kiana is a village of 375 about 57 miles east of Kotzebue.

Troopers say the school principal alerted them to a possible inappropriate sexual relationship.

Troopers say Buchanan acknowledged the relationship and that it started the first week of January 2011 and continued until she left Feb. 13 for Anchorage.

Buchanan was transported to the Kotzebue Regional Jail and held without bail. Her public defender, Deborah Macaulay, declined comment Tuesday.

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