ANCHORAGE -

University of Alaska Anchorage assistant term professor Steven Pyle, accused of sexually abusing a child, appeared in a local courtroom Thursday.

Pyle was arraigned at the Anchorage Correctional Center on three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

While most defendants appear before a judge while bail is set, Pyle's lawyer, Carl Cook, instead stood in open court while the judge set terms of a potential release while a trial is pending.

Judge Jennifer Henderson ordered Pyle, an employee of UAA's medical science laboratory program, to be held in lieu of $100,000 cash appearance bond. He would require a third-party custodian in order to secure release and is not allowed contact with the alleged victim or his wife.

Pyle's wife contacted police on March 31 when she realized her husband was sexually abusing their preteen foster daughter, according to a written statement by Anchorage Police Department detective Jeff Bell.

For the past 10 years, the couple acted as foster parents. The documents Bell submitted as part of a request for felony charges allege that abuse came to light when the wife noticed her husband was alone in a room a girl in their care late one night.

The wife claims she confronted her husband the following morning while he was getting ready for work, when he allegedly admitted to abuse. The wife recorded the interaction on a cell phone.

Bell's investigation allegedly reveals that abuse commonly occurred for almost a year, including at least two incidents that were preceded by Pyle reading the girl bedtime bible stories.

Pyle is requesting a so-called Rule 5 hearing, which is a component of a defendant's right to a speedy trial.

A hearing to determine if the charges are valid is scheduled for May 5.

Channel 2's Samantha Angaiak contributed to this report