VPSO accused of sexual abuse

by Mark Arehart on May 30, 2012

A Village Public Safety Officer in Cheforank is accused of sexually abusing a minor multiple times in a four-month period. Police records indicate that at least two of the alleged assaults took place in the Chefornak Public Safety Building.

42-year-old Eddie B. Fenn, a Chefornak Public Safety Officer, is accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl several times between November 2011 to March 2012.

According to a police affidavit, the unnamed victim contacted the Alaska State Troopers office in Bethel on May 21st to report the alleged abuse.

The next day troopers travelled to Chefornak to interview the victim. According to the police records, the victim said the first contact came in November 2011 when Fenn called her on her cell phone and asked her to come to the Public Safety Building around midnight.

Once in the building, the victim alleges, they had sex there.

The victim alleges that abuse occurred again in December 2011 at a Bethel hotel room, where Fenn paid for her airfare to and from Bethel, and then again in March 2012 at the Public Safety Building in Chefornak.

Fenn was arrested on May 27th and charged with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.

He is currently being held at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel. His bail is set at $50,000.
Repeated interview requests were made to the Association of Village Council Presidents, the organization that operates the Village Public Safety Officer program in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but none of those requests have been returned.

In Chefornak there are two Village Public Safety Officers and two Tribal Police Officers. Currently, Fenn’s VPSO post remains vacant.

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