Ervin pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 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.

The trial of a Juneau police officer accused of sexually abusing a minor entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment and bail hearing Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

The trial for Brian Ervin is scheduled to begin Jan. 10, with Judge Patricia Collins presiding. Ervin, through his attorney Louis Menendez, requested a jury trial.

Collins presided over Tuesday's hearing by telephone from Anchorage. District Attorney Doug Gardner also appeared by telephone. Gardner's request of $50,000 bail was granted. Ervin initially had been out on no bail, but Gardner said at that time, the alleged victim was not in the Juneau area, but has since returned.

Other conditions of Ervin's release include a prohibition on contact with the victim, a bar on consuming alcohol or going to paces where alcohol is sold and a curfew from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Ervin can continue working for the city under the arrangement. He has been removed from law enforcement duties until his case is resolved.

Gardner also told the court he was comfortable if Ervin continued his city employment of, approximately, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

"It gives me a comfort in knowing he is at a particular place at a particular time," Gardner said. "As long as that maintains I am comfortable with that arrangement but during the rest of the day I would like there to be some type of curfew situation."

Monday, a grand jury indicted Ervin on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He faces a potential sentence of 99 years in prison if convicted, though Alaska statutes presume a sentence of 20-35 years.

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

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