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Man charged with sexually assaulting girl in church bathroom

Devin Kelly

A 29-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in a Mountain View church restroom, authorities said.

David Chiklak was arrested Sunday on a felony count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The incident was reported just before noon on Sunday, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.

According to the charges, a woman and the 6-year-old were both in the women's restroom at the unidentified church when the woman heard a man asking the girl to leave with him.

The woman left the restroom and heard the girl crying. When she entered the men's restroom and looked through a crack in a stall door, she saw the man standing over the child with his belt unbuckled, the charges said.

Chiklak was detained by churchgoers in the building's parking lot.

"Officers investigated and determined a sexual assault had occurred," Castro said.

Police said Chiklak appeared to be attending church service with other members, but he was not himself a practitioner at the church. Police also said more victims are suspected.

Chiklak is currently being held at the Cook Inlet jail.

Anyone with information can contact Anchorage police Detective Christopher Thomas at 907-786-2628.

Reach Devin Kelly at dkelly@adn.com or 257-4314.


By DEVIN KELLY
dkelly@adn.com