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Man arrested in Circle on child sex abuse charge

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 30, 2016
  • Published January 17, 2016

Alaska State Troopers arrested a convicted sex offender in an Interior village Saturday, saying he was held in Fairbanks after being accused of sexually abusing a young child.

According to court records, 40-year-old Gerald Wade Ginnis is charged with one felony count of sexually abusing a minor, in connection with an offense that took place on Aug. 22.

Troopers said in a Sunday dispatch that members of their Fairbanks-based Rural Unit visited Circle, a community of about 120 people roughly 160 miles northeast of Fairbanks, with an arrest warrant for Ginnis at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

"Gerald was contacted in the Village of Circle operating a motor vehicle while his license (was) revoked from a previous DUI," troopers wrote. "Gerald was arrested for the outstanding (sexual abuse of a minor) warrant along with driving while license revoked."

Court records show Ginnis was previously convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 2005, after pleading no contest to the charge. Prosecutors dismissed four felony counts of third-degree assault against Ginnis in that case.

After his Saturday arrest, troopers said, Ginnis was held without bail at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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