APD turns over Dimond High abuse case to OSPA
The Anchorage Police Department says it has concluded its investigation into an incident of sexual abuse involving members of Dimond High School’s football team and has turned it over to the Office of Special Prosecutions and appeals.
Police spokesman MJ Thim on Wednesday said OSPA is able to handle the investigative logistics when it comes to two jurisdictions -- the incident reportedly occurred during a weekend trip to Fairbanks in August.
Anchorage police handled a majority of the investigation; Fairbanks police assisted, Thim said.
Currently, no arrests have been made. Any charges will be handled by OSPA, Thim said.
Because juveniles are involved in the case, authorities cannot discuss specifics.
On August 31, the Anchorage School District announced Dimond's head coach and two assistants were no longer with the team. The coach has since been replaced by Derek Brewer, a former Dimond head coach from 2004 to 2007.
In a statement regarding APD's investigation, ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said:
Student safety is our number one priority at the Anchorage School District. We have cooperated with the Anchorage Police Department (APD) on this matter and appreciate their efforts. Any questions about the Anchorage Police Department investigation should be directed to the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals.
As part of ASD’s investigation, students known to have been involved in misconduct received discipline in accordance with ASD policy. Three Dimond High School coaches, including the head coach, have been released from their coaching positions.
We look forward to a safe school year and are glad that our student athletes at Dimond High School are back on the football field doing what they love.
The investigation is ongoing.
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