Ninilchik man, 80, accused of sex abuse

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

KENAI - An 80-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to accusations he sexually abused a9-year-old girl.

Richard Digel of Ninilchik was arraigned in Kenai Tuesday on eight felony charges.

An affidavit from an Alaska State Trooper says Digel is acquainted with the alleged victim's grandmother.

The girl told authorities that Digel touched her early last year and also during the 2009 Christmas holiday.

According to the affidavit, Digel told investigators the girl initiated the touching after snuggling up to him as he watched the news. He denied having sex with the child.



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