Bethel principal accused of sending sexually explicit messages to teens released from jail
Former Bethel Gladys Jung Elementary school principal Christoper Carmichael has been released from jail to the Norris House in Anchorage, a transitional living facility.
According to a Dec. 30 release order signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Matthew Scoble, Carmichael was to be released by 10 a.m. Tuesday to a probation and pretrial officer for transport to the facility.
Carmichael faces federal child pornography charges after an investigation into his online activity, as well as attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor and two counts of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
A criminal affidavit details an account from a victim who reported Carmichael touched her inappropriately as a minor. Bethel police took over online communications with Carmichael during the investigation, and later introduced an undercover FBI agent to pose as the victim's 13-year-old cousin.
According to the affidavit, Carmichael and the undercover FBI agent discussed meeting somewhere in Anchorage. The affidavit stated during that conversation Carmichael asked the agent to send him a photo of her "in a bikini or bra and panties."
At an arraignment earlier in December, a judge ordered Carmichael be kept in jail for the time being.
As part of his conditions of release to the Norris House, Carmichael will be under GPS-monitored home detention. He is not allowed to have contact with minors, current or former students or their family members. He cannot use alcohol or leave Anchorage and he can't use the internet nor can he possess an "internet capable device."
The judge also ordered Carmichael to get a mental health evaluation and comply with recommendations for treatment and counseling.
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