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Leader of Kodiak youth drumming group charged with sex abuse

Devin Kelly
Bill Roth

The leader of a well-known Kodiak youth drumming group was recently charged with sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl, authorities said.

Kodiak police arrested Michael J. Daquioag, 56, the director and founder of the nonprofit Kodiak Island Drummers group, in late February. He faces felony sex abuse of a minor and possession of child pornogaphy charges, court records show.

On Feb. 1, a 19-year-old woman came to Kodiak Police Department to allege that Daquioag had sexually assaulted her from August 2012 to June 2013, when she was 17, according to a police affidavit filed in the case by Kodiak Det. Sergeant T. Putney.

The woman told police she was involved with the drumming group for about 1-2 weeks before the 2012 Alaska State Fair, Putney wrote in the affidavit. The group is composed of mostly children and teenagers, and is a mix of boys and girls, Putney wrote.

Within the first week of the victim joining the group, Daquioag "appeared to show immediate interest in her, complimenting her on her appearance and how well she had taken to drumming," according to the affidavit. The woman told investigators that Daquioag eventually asked her to chaperone on the trip to the state fair, and in return, he said he would give her free drumming lessons, the document said.

Those lessons began at the victim's home and after a few times moved to Daquioag's, the affidavit said. During one of the lessons, the victim told investigators, Daquioag started to kiss her. The kissing then allegedly became more frequent, and if she did not appear to be receptive to the advances, Daquioag would go on a "verbal tirade" that would result in her "giving in," up to the point of sex, the document said.

The woman told police that "multiple sex acts" occurred up until June 2013, and also alleged that Daquioag used webcams and Skype to take nude pictures of her that were eventually sent to her via email or text messages, the affidavit said.

Search warrants obtained by police allowed investigators to record phone conversations between the victim and Daquioag, and to search both the victim's and Daquioag's homes.

On Feb. 20, police went to Daquioag's home to serve the search warrant, and after learning of the charges Daquioag "admitted to having 'a relationship'" with the victim," and later, at the police station, admitted to having sex with the victim and taking photographs with her, Putney wrote in the affidavit.

A search of Daquioag's iPhone and computer turned up nude photographs of the victim taken while she was underage, as well as more than 4,000 text messages exchanged between the two, the affidavit said.

A message for Daquioag's attorney, Andrew Ott, was not immediately returned.

Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace said Daquioag -- known in the Kodiak community as "Mr. D" -- has been involved in drumming "for as long as I can recall." In a 2005 article in the Anchorage Daily News, Daquioag said he founded the Kodiak Drumming Group in 2000, five years after moving to Kodiak with his daughter.

The article, which focused on Daquioag teaching a two-week workshop at an Anchorage elementary school, also said Daquioag taught himself drumming in San Francisco in the late 1960s, and that the drumming group performed African, Asian and South American music styles at malls, festivals, fairs, markets and schools.

Wallace said no other victims had yet come forward, but urged anyone with information about Daquioag to contact Kodiak police.

Daquioag is being held in the Kodiak Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 27.

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


By DEVIN KELLY
dkelly@adn.com