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Officer indicted by grand jury on alleged sexual abuse of minor

Posted: Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

A grand jury Friday added two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor to the charges a Juneau Police Department officer faces.

Brian Ervin originally faced one count each of first- and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, based on an information filed by District Attorney Doug Gardner on Sept. 16. The new grand jury charges allege Ervin engaged in sexual intercourse with a minor.

Ervin will be arraigned and have a bail hearing at 10 a.m. today. Louis Menendez represents Ervin, and the case has been assigned to Judge Patricia Collins. He could face 99 years in prison on each first-degree count if found guilty, though Alaska statutes presume a sentence of 20-35 years, depending on the age of the victim.

The conduct is alleged to have occurred from April, 2008 to June, 2010. Ervin is not currently working as a police officer, but he is still employed by the city, according to a JPD spokesperson.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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