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Eagle River man arrested on child abuse, porn charges

By KTVA CBS 11 News 11:09 AM June 11, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Detectives believe there may be additional victims after a 37-year-old Eagle River resident was arrested Tuesday on counts of sexual abuse of a minor, exploitation, enticement and possession of child pornography.

The investigation into Troy Julsen’s online activity began in April when, according to a statement from the Anchorage Police Department, APD was contacted by a parent concerned about their 14-year-old daughter. The girl’s parents learned she had recently entered into a relationship with Julsen, who she met online through social media, police said.

While serving a search warrant on Julsen’s Eagle River residence May 22, investigators with APD’s Cyber Crimes Unit and the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force seized “a large amount” of digital media that revealed Julsen had used an app called “Whisper” to find girls in the area.

Police said Julsen then cultivated relationships with the girls; exchanging text messages sometimes including sexual content. Some of the correspondence escalated into physical meetings where, according to police, Julsen had sexual contact with underage girls.

The investigation is ongoing, and APD said there may be additional victims. Police said parents are reminded to monitor and stay involved in their children’s online activity.

Julsen faces one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor, three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of online enticement of a minor. According to APD, anyone with information about the case is asked to call the department at 907-786-8500.

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