AST: Kwethluk father dragged daughter behind ATV
A Kwethluk man is charged with severely injuring his teenage daughter, after Alaska State Troopers say he bound her to an all-terrain vehicle and dragged her.
Varlaam Jackson, 54, has been charged with first-degree assault in the case, according to an online dispatch. Troopers were first informed by emergency-room staff in Bethel at about 1:15 p.m. Friday of the 16-year-old victim’s injuries.
“Investigation revealed that [Jackson] had tried to get [the daughter] to return home,” troopers wrote. “When she didn’t listen, he bound her hands with rope to the rack of the ATV and then proceeded to drag her home on the gravel road.”
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said details were still being gathered in the case, but investigators said the victim was dragged roughly half to three-quarters of a mile.
The daughter was flown to Anchorage, where troopers said she was “expected to undergo several surgeries.”
Jackson was remanded to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center. Troopers said alcohol was “not a factor in Varlaam’s actions.”
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