Woman charged with sex assault on Air Force airman

Michelle Theriault Boots

A 40-year-old Eagle River woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting an Air Force airman while he was "unaware," police said Thursday.

Anchorage police detective Sgt. Ken McCoy said Lagina Griffiths took the airman home after meeting him Friday night at a bar in downtown Anchorage. Both had been drinking, he said.

"He fell asleep and woke up to sex acts taking place," McCoy said.

On Sunday, she allegedly contacted the man and made "coercive threats" related to the encounter, demanding that they meet to discuss her demands, police said. When they met, she made more threats.

The airman reported the threats to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which forwarded the information to police. A search warrant turned up physical evidence detailing the threats, said McCoy.

Griffiths is being charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of coercion.

Cases involving a sexual assault and coercion together are uncommon, especially involving a female suspect, McCoy said.

She is set to appear in court Thursday at the Anchorage Jail, where she is being held without bail.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at mtheriault@adn.com or 257-4344.

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