Juneau man charged with sexually abusing three children

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2008

A Juneau man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused three children ages 6 to 7 on numerous occasions since 2006.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Joseph McMurren, 60, shortly after 5 p.m.; he was arraigned in Juneau District Court on Thursday morning.

The Juneau District Attorney's Office on Wednesday filed eight charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor involving "sexual penetration" and seven counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor involving "sexual contact."

McMurren is held on $100,000 cash bail at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Office of Children's Services notified Juneau police of the alleged abuse on Jan. 2. Children's Services told police that McMurren abused at least two of the children in his home during visits.

One child, age 6, told investigators that McMurren "had put a special medicine on their private parts," according to Assistant District Attorney David Brower's charging document. According to the document, the child told a family member that McMurren "has medicine for little girls." The child said McMurren used the medicine on another 8-year-old child, Brower said.

Another child, age 7, did not report McMurren for the abuse "because they didn't want the defendant to go to jail," Brower said. The child told investigators that McMurren had touched "his private parts."

Police said McMurren admitted to rubbing lotion on one child, but couldn't remember doing the same to another. Investigators said that McMurren admitted tickling the 6-year-old "from their ankles to their neck and all points in between."

McMurren allegedly admitted to touching and rubbing one of the children about six times. According to court documents, McMurren told investigators he was not proud of the touching and said that it "stopped over a year ago."

A hearing has been set for April 21.

• Contact reporterGreg Skinner at 523-2258 or greg.skinner@juneauempire.com.

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