2nd Mat-Su foster parent accused of sexually abusing child
A second Mat-Su foster parent has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a minor, a week after Alaska State Troopers took another man into custody on suspicion of molesting a child in his care.
Wasilla-based troopers began investigating 62-year-old Michael Felch, according to an online dispatch, after receiving an April 15 report that he “had inappropriate contact with a child under the age of 13.”
“The child was interviewed at the Children's Place, in Wasilla, and disclosed being sexually abused by Michael Felch,” troopers wrote. “Michael Felch was interviewed and corroborated some of the statements made by the [child] and denied others.”
Felch was indicted, troopers said, on one first-degree and two second-degree counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Court records indicate dates for the alleged abuse spanning from last year through Thursday.
“Michael Felch is a licensed foster parent but only had one placement and currently has no children in the home,” troopers wrote.
The charges against Felch follow last week’s news that 66-year-old Robert Akens was facing charges of sexually abusing a child last year who was 9 years old at the time. Akens, whose home had hosted 28 foster children from 2013 through 2018 according to state officials, was initially held on $100,000 bail.
A no-bail arrest warrant was issued for Felch, troopers said. A statewide inmate database listed Felch in custody Wednesday evening at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.
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