Crime & Courts

Police ask for help in identifying possible sex abuse victims in Anchorage, Mat-Su

Anchorage police are asking for help identifying possible victims of a man who admitted to sexually abusing young girls.

Police said James Moen, 31, is charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

According to a Friday press release from police spokesman MJ Thim, an investigation into a report of child sex abuse found Moen, who was then in his 20s, had abused a girl under the age of 10.

Thim said that the abuse occurred in several locations in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Moen confessed to the crime, Thim said, and admitted that he sexually abused other girls.

Police believe there could be other victims in Anchorage or the Mat-Su. Thim said in a phone interview that Moen lived in Wasilla but worked in Anchorage. Thim could not immediately say where specifically Moen worked.

Anyone who has children who may have spent time with Moen is encouraged to call Anchorage police at 907-786-8900 or report information anonymously at 907-561-7867 or online.

Suzanna Caldwell

Suzanna Caldwell is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in 2017.