Crime & Courts

Troopers: Former teacher's aide in Wales accused of sexually abusing minors

A former teacher's aide at the school in the small Seward Peninsula village of Wales stands accused of sexually abusing minors following an investigation by the Alaska State Troopers.

On Aug. 22, troopers in Nome got reports that a minor in Wales had been sexually abused, troopers said in a Wednesday dispatch. Their investigation found 43-year-old Amos Oxereok abused a young girl there, troopers said.

"After the initial report was made, more victims came forward and Oxereok was implicated in other sexual abuse of minor incidents," the dispatch says.

According to troopers, Oxereok was a teacher's aide at the local school, a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade program that employs about five teachers, according to the state.

Troopers arrested Oxereok Tuesday in Koyuk and took him to the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome on second-degree sexual abuse of minor charges.

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.