An Anchorage man has been accused of sexually abusing a young girl, after police say she came forward about the case to school authorities.

Fua Saolotoga, 60, is charged with four second-degree counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

According to an Oct. 9 arrest warrant and complaint against Saolotoga, APD began investigating the case earlier this month. A teacher at the 9-year-old victim’s school told detectives she first mentioned the case in writing during a health class.

“[The teacher] gave the children a piece of paper and told them if they received a touch that wasn’t safe then they could put it on the piece of the paper,” police wrote.

The APD school resource officer on site was notified, and detectives from the department’s Crimes Against Children Unit responded to speak with the girl. During that interview, she told police Saolotoga had touched her in “weird spots” on at least two occasions dating back to at least July.

When police spoke with Saolotoga, investigators said, he initially said the victim was lying, then later “stated that he was sorry, and he made a mistake.” Eventually, police said, he admitted that the victim’s accusations were accurate.

Court records show that Saolotoga was arrested on a no-bail warrant Monday. An online inmate database listed him in custody at the Anchorage Correctional Complex following his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Editor’s note: Details that might identify the victim have been omitted from this story.

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