Chugiak man charged with sexual assault of teen

Aug 06, 2014 -- 12:00pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 33-year-old Chugiak man has been charged with sexually assaulting and strangling a 15-year-old girl. The Alaska Dispatch News reports Ralph Barenz II is being held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility without bail. An arraignment hearing was scheduled in Palmer later Wednesday. Online court records didn't list an attorney for Barenz. The assault occurred in the Jim Creek area near the Knik River by Butte. The child-abuse investigation unit was called at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday to report to sexual assault. Few other details have been released.

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