Former Angoon teacher arrested

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2004

A former Angoon teacher facing eight counts of sexually abusing a student more than a decade ago was being held Monday in California after his arrest at the Mexican border.

Dennis Mitchel Boddy, 43, of Barrow, is charged with eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor - five counts in the first degree, two counts in the second degree and one count of third degree.

Seven of the charges allege actions in 1991, when the girl was 15. The third-degree charge alleges actions in January 1992, when the girl was 16.

The alleged victim is now 28. The indictment alleges Boddy had a sexual relationship with the girl while he was her teacher and basketball coach in Angoon.

A Sitka grand jury indicted Boddy on July 30. Alaska State Troopers reported the indictment was the result of a 16-month investigation by troopers based in Kodiak and Juneau, as well as the Anchorage-based Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

Troopers were notified Friday that Boddy was being held in El Centro, Calif., by the Imperial County Sheriff's Department after being arrested on a warrant Aug. 9.

Imperial County Sheriff's Lt. Arturo Sotelo said Boddy was arrested at the Andrade, Calif., port of entry, about eight miles west of Yuma, Ariz., on the Mexican border.

No information was available from border authorities on the circumstances of the arrest.

Alaska troopers originally tried to serve Boddy's arrest warrant at his current address in Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Boddy had waived extradition. But he did not know when Boddy will be returned to Alaska.

• Tony Carroll can be contacted at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.



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