Inmate charged with child molestation sent to hospital in prison assault

Michelle Theriault Boots

A prisoner at Goose Creek Correctional Center was sent to a local hospital Monday after being assaulted by another inmate.

The assault happened at 10 p.m. on Monday, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaci Schroeder wrote in an e-mail.

Ralph Hernandez, 52, was taken to a Mat-Su Valley hospital. Schroeder would not describe the extent of his injuries.

Hernandez faces charges of attempted sexual abuse of a minor, sexual abuse of a minor and possession of child pornography, according to court records. His trial is scheduled for May.

Hernandez, a former North Slope worker and used car salesman, had been incarcerated at the Anchorage Correctional Complex but was moved to Goose Creek on March 30, according to the DOC.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at or 257-4344.