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An Aniak man has been arrested after Alaska State Troopers received a call from a young female relative that she had been sexually abused by him on numerous occasions.

Troopers responded to the residence of the victim, and after interviewing her, placed 69-year-old Golga Kelila under arrest Tuesday for ten counts involving sexual abuse of a minor.

According to troopers, Kelila admitted to several of the alleged abuses in an interview with Trooper David Russell, but attempted to downplay the events and claim he was inebriated during each situation. The victim told troopers that he was not inebriated for at least some of them.

While the victim could not remember specifics of each abuse, she was able to recall 18 separate incidents with Kelila, during all but one of which she was alone with him. On one occasion, her six-year-old sister was also in the room, sleeping.

Kelila was remanded to the Bethel Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center on two charges of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the first degree, one charge of Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the first, and seven charges of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the second.

According to a signed affidavit from Russell, “Golga repeatedly told [the victim] that he was sorry for what he did and it wouldn’t happen again.”

Kelila had several prior convictions involving assault before this case.