Trooper held on 11 criminal charges

Accusations include kidnapping, sexual assault and assault

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2004

ANCHORAGE - A veteran Alaska state trooper has been arrested on multiple counts of sexual assault and other crimes against at least four women, authorities said Wednesday.

Daniel L. Scott, 44, was arrested by colleagues Tuesday night at the trooper office in the Western Alaska village of Aniak, where he was assigned in 2000.

Scott, who made a brief court appearance in Anchorage on Wednesday afternoon, is charged with 11 felony counts, including sexual assault, kidnapping and assault as well as one misdemeanor count of official misconduct. He did not enter a plea.

"It's a very difficult day for us when we have to announce we've arrested one of our own," Public Safety Commissioner Bill Tandeske said at a news conference here. Tandeske and other public safety officials said they knew of no other past case involving such serious charges against a trooper.

Officials released few details about Scott, citing employee confidentiality.

Tandeske said the assault allegations were the first felony complaints against Scott, who joined the troopers in 1986. Troopers began the investigation Nov. 9 when they were contacted by a citizen in Aniak, a community of 550 people about 320 miles west of Anchorage.

According to the complaint, the most recent assault took place in late August when Scott paid an unwanted visit to a woman identified as "J.J.," whose boyfriend was away from the village. Outside the woman's home, Scott forcibly kissed her and shoved one of her hands down his pants, the court document says.

"J.J. reported that when she resisted the defendant's advances he spun her around using a 'police move,' " trooper investigator Timothy Hunyor wrote in the complaint. Scott continued to fondle the woman despite her telling him several times to stop, then sexually assaulted her, Hunyor wrote.

In April, Scott arrested a woman identified as "A.V." on charges of driving while intoxicated and assault. Several hours later, Scott told the woman he was going to drive her to her sister's house, but instead drove her around Aniak in a marked patrol vehicle, according to the complaint. Scott was in uniform.

"The defendant asked A.V. about her recent separation from her husband of 20 years and about her husband's sexual positions and how she liked her sex," Hunyor wrote. "The defendant then took A.V.'s hand and placed it on his groin without her consent," then reportedly forced her head down.

Scott is accused of choking a woman, identified as "K.F.," while they were having consensual sex in a trooper vehicle in Bethel last summer. The woman told investigators she had bruises on the side of her neck the next morning.

He also is accused of attempting unwanted sexual contact in 2002 with a woman identified as "A.S."

"Clearly, we're fairly well stunned and shocked that someone who wears this uniform could allegedly engage in such conduct on duty and off duty," said trooper Col. Julia Grimes. "People are disgusted and sick to their stomachs."

Scott was being held at the Anchorage Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

Criminal complaints originating in Aniak typically are tried in Bethel, said Teresa Foster, an assistant attorney general assigned to the case.

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