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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

The District of Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office has announced the initial court appearance for Bethel’s Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael. Carmichael will appear in court at the Federal Building in Anchorage for a complaint/detention hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. The Federal Bureau of Investigation Anchorage Field Office, in conjunction with Bethel police, arrested Carmichael in Bethel on Dec. 10. He is charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.

The following resources are available to community members for emotional support during this time:

  • LKSD Lead Social Worker: (907) 543-4874 or (907) 545-4429
  • Bethel Family Clinic: (907) 543-3773
  • YKHC Behavioral Health Department: (907) 543-6100

Additionally, any person with information regarding the criminal investigation of Carmichael is encouraged to contact the FBI at (907) 276-4441.

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

Update Dec. 18, 2019: Since this story was originally published, the link to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit concerning Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael has been removed from the KYUK website due to explicit content. This article has been revised and expanded to provide the public with more details of the evidence presented in that affidavit.

Eleven people in Bethel have been charged with illegally obtaining painkillers after a three-day investigation at the Bethel Post Office this summer.

Gladys Jung Principal Chris Carmichael was arrested and charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

Bethel Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael has been charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. 

Gladys Jung Principal Chris Carmichael was arrested and charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
Petra Harpak / KYUK

This post has been updated with more information.

In the early hours of Dec. 11, FBI agents, along with Bethel Police and Alaska State Troopers, arrested an elementary school principal in Bethel. Chris Carmichael, principal at Gladys Jung Elementary, is currently in federal custody. 

Bethel police have taken a teenager into custody after charging him with stabbing an adult. The domestic violence incident occurred in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at a home in Uivik Subdivision. 

Alaska Troopers searched homes and cabs in Bethel's Trailer Court on June 7, 2016 to find evidence of illegal alcohol sales.
KYUK Staff

Another chapter in the Bethel cab drivers bootlegging scandal ended this week. On Tuesday, Quyana Cab pled guilty to selling alcohol without a license and agreed to pay a fine of $25,000. 

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Back in October, Alexie Michael ran away from Napakiak after hearing that the U.S. Marshals Service had teamed up with local law enforcement to bring him into custody. First he fled into Bethel, then Anchorage, and then to Palmer, where he was finally arrested on Nov. 19. Michael, age 65, faces seven counts of sexual assault in the first degree.


Dan Mullins and Chelsea Hoffman both had their cars stolen on Oct. 28. They both found their vehicles the next day.
Courtesy of Dan Mullins and Chelsea Hoffman

In the past month, reports of stolen vehicles in Bethel have more than doubled. Twice, multiple thefts have occurred on the same day. What makes this strange is that Bethel is off the road system. With the river still unfrozen, there are not many places to go. 


An Akiachak man has been charged with murder after shooting his brother in September. According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, Robert Snyder, age 32, was arrested on Thursday for the death of his older brother, Tom Snyder, who was 36.

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