INFORMATION RELEASE

Subject: Sexual Abuse of a Minor
Date: 2022-01-11
From: Lieutenant Campbell
Case or Incident: #210304-002
Summary:

On 03/04/2021, the Juneau Police Department began an investigation regarding an allegation that 72-year-old Walter Joseph Bennett Sr., had sexually abused an 11-year-old female. It was reported that Bennett lived in the household with the victim and the abuse spanned 3-4 years. Following the investigation, the case was referred to the Juneau District Attorney's Office.

On 12/30/2021, a Juneau Grand Jury indicted Bennett on 2 counts of Sexual abuse of a Minor in the first degree, an unclassified felony, and 2 counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the 2nd Degree. A warrant was issued following the indictment for $100,000. On 12/31/2021, Alaska State Troopers arrested Bennett in Juneau on the warrant. Bennett was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional center.

After the grand jury indicted, an 18-year-old female came forward and reported being sexually abused by Bennett, several years ago, while living in Bennett's home.

Anyone with information about these allegations, or has been a victim of sexual abuse on behalf of Bennett, is encouraged to make a report to the Juneau Police Department at (907) 586-0600.

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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