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Wasilla man accused of sexually abusing foster children

PALMER -- A 66-year-old Wasilla man was arrested this week on charges stemming from a report last year that he sexually abused foster children in his care, Alaska State Troopers said.

Robert Akers remained jailed Wednesday at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility after his arrest Tuesday. He was indicted April 19 by a Palmer grand jury.

Akers came to the attention of authorities in August after the troopers Child Abuse Investigation Unit received a report that he was having “inappropriate conduct” with children in his care, troopers said in a dispatch posted Tuesday.

“Multiple children were interviewed at The Children’s Place, in Wasilla, and sexual abuse was disclosed,” troopers said.

The grand jury indicted him on one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The date of offense is listed as February through August of last year, according to a state database of court records.

He was jailed on $50,000 cash appearance and $50,000 cash appearance bonds, with Pretrial Enforcement Division monitoring if released, troopers said.

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