Authorities: Monk in Alaska faces child sexual abuse charge

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Law says a monk associated with the Russian Orthodox Church turned himself into police in Kodiak to report that he had sexually abused a child.

    The department, in a statement, says he arrived to make the report accompanied by a priest and a parent of the child.

    An online court records system shows the man is charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

    A message was left for the public defender agency, which the records system shows is defending the monk.

    The department says the man, as a monk, was allowed to stay at church-provided housing.

    It says police have found that he stayed at times in the Alaska communities of Anchorage, Bethel, Eklutna, Homer and Kaktovik, and at a monastery near Phoenix, Arizona.

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