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The Bethel Police and Fire Departments are teaming up to battle arson. They’ve created the Bethel Arson Investigative Task Force, aimed at figuring out what or who caused fires in Bethel, and prosecuting arsonists if they are found. 


U.S. Social Security Administration

Another telephone scam is trying to weasel money from Alaskans. Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson says that people should avoid giving any information about their Social Security number to unsolicited callers on the phone. Alaskans are being targeted as part of a national scam, with callers pretending to be from the Social Security Administration.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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Two men have been arrested and charged for child pornography in Bethel. A state grand jury indicted Joseph Kashatok, age 63, on five counts of possession of child pornography. A state grand jury also indicted Gabriel Stone, age 28, with five counts of child pornography possession and six counts of producing pornography featuring a minor.

The Bethel District Attorney's Office has filed two new charges against former principal Chris Carmichael for two counts of sexual assault of a minor in the second degree.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Former Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael has been released from jail to a transitional living facility in Anchorage. United States Magistrate Judge Matthew Scoble signed the release order, which states Carmichael would be transported from jail to the Norris House on Dec. 31 at 10 a.m.

Lower Kuskokwim School District

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has divulged two prior allegations of inappropriate behavior with minors by former Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael. LKSD’s attorney, Eugenia "Jeannie" Sleeper, said that police investigated both incidents, and ultimately no charges were filed. One of those police investigations has since been reopened. 

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Some Bethel parents are wondering why former Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael remained in his position for nearly a semester after a report was made in June that he had an inappropriate physical relationship with a minor. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has fired former Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael. LKSD’s attorney, Eugenia "Jeannie" Sleeper, said that Carmichael was served his final termination documents Dec. 19 in Anchorage, where he is being held in federal custody. His termination comes a day after a federal grand jury indicted him on federal charges, but Sleeper says that the decision to terminate Carmichael came before then.

The Bethel District Attorney's Office has filed two new charges against former principal Chris Carmichael for two counts of sexual assault of a minor in the second degree.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

A federal grand jury has indicted Bethel’s former Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael on four charges. The jury issued the charges on Dec. 18. They include two counts of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.

Last week, the U.S. Marshals Service took a trip out to Bethel and nearby communities to make sure that registered sex offenders were complying with restrictions, such as living where they are required to live. They also were traveling to ensure that outstanding warrants were dealt with, according to Rochelle Liedike, the Deputy U.S. Marshal in Alaska.

Bethel Principal, Accused Of Sending Sexual Texts To Girl, Goes Before A Judge

Dec 17, 2019
The Anchorage federal courthouse.
KDLG

A Bethel elementary school principal charged with online enticement of a minor and transferring obscene material to a minor made his initial appearance in federal court in Anchorage on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

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