Accused child predator may have more victims, APD says
Anchorage Police believe an accused child predator may have more victims.
APD on Wednesday arrested 30-year-old Derek Warwick on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a minor.
Warwick's arrest comes after a two-week investigation after a young girl reported he had abused her. Investigators say Warwick’s victims were between the ages of 2 and 7.
Warwick reportedly lived with his cousin for about a month starting in mid-May 2018 because he didn't have a place to live. While his cousin was at work, he would watch her kids and other children in the apartment complex would frequently stop by to play with the 7-year-old.
Warwick was kicked out of the apartment after he offered up a bottle of vodka to a 5-year-old boy, according to charging documents.
Charging documents said Warwick sexually abused his female cousin’s 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, along with two other children who live in the cousin’s apartment complex.
Warwick's cousin went to police after a neighbor told her that Warwick sexually abused its children, charging documents said. Warwick’s cousin then asked her 7-year-old daughter if Warwick had ever made her feel uncomfortable and the child didn't want to discuss it.
"[The child] covered her head with a blanket and said 'Nothing happened, Go away!'" according to charging documents.
A day prior to police being contacted, a female juvenile neighbor said she came over while Warwick's cousin was at work and reported that he had pulled down her pants and touched her, charging documents said.
Warwick's cousin said she took her daughter to Alaska Cares, a facility where child abuse victims can be evaluated, and found that Warwick had touched her inappropriately. Her daughter pointed out on a diagram the parts of the body where Warwick touched both she and her 2-year-old brother, according to charging documents.
The two other children were evaluated at Alaska Cares and also both reported similar stories that made them feel uncomfortable.
According to charging documents, Warwick told family members in the past that he couldn’t get a job because people thought he was a pedophile.
“He used that as an excuse over the past few years for his inability to live a normal life,” charging documents said.
Authorities believe that Warwick may have more victims and are asking anyone with information on Warwick or other possible victims to contact Detective Shawn Davies at (907) 729-7607.
Mary Simton contributed to this story.
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