3 Kwethluk Men Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Minors

Three men from Kwethluk have been arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse.

A grand jury indictment on Thursday led the arrest of 23-year-old John Olick, 56-year-old Nick Epchook Junior, and 31-year-old John Fischer.

There are multiple victims under the age of 13, and it appears that all three men abused one victim over a 8-year period, from 2002 to 2010, according to court documents.

Epchook Junior faces six counts, including five 1st degree charges of sexually abusing a child under the age of 13.

The alleged abuse took place between 2002 and 2007. Court documents indicate that thee was one victim, who was as young as five years old when the abuse began. Bail was set at $100,000.

Fischer faces a total of four counts, including: one 1st degree charge, two 2nd degree charges, and one count of attempted abuse.

According to court documents, the alleged abuse took place in 2002 through 2007 with three different victims. One of the victims was between the ages of 4 and 6. Bail was set at $50,000.

Olick is facing two counts: one 1st degree and one second degree charge related to abusing a child under the age of 13.

The alleged abuse took place in 2010. His bail was set at $25,000.

Olick and Epchook Junior are expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Bethel. Fischer’s arraignment is set for Nov. 19.

Ben Matheson is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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