Anchorage Police have arrested a 37-year-old Eagle River man on multiple counts of sexual abuse and exploitation of a minor, according to APD officials.
Troy Erick Julsen was arrested June 10 on a $100,000 arrest warrant on one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor, three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of online enticement of a minor.
According to police, the investigation began in April 2014 when APD officials were contacted by a parent concerned about their 14-year-old daughter’s recent internet activity. When investigators contacted the young girl, they discovered she had recently entered into a relationship with Julsen, whom, according to police, she had met online through social media.
APD spokesperson Dani Myren confirmed the parents of the 14-year-old girl had no previous acquaintance with Julsen, nor did the girl.
On May 22, APD’s Crimes Against Children Unit and the Cyber Crimes Unit investigated Julsen’s residence, and according to police, seized “a large amount of digital data.” Examination of the digital media revealed Julsen had used an app called “Whisper” to locate girls in the local area. Police say the use of the app allowed Julsen to cultivate relationships with girls that would eventually lead to texting and in-person liaisons. Some of these communications would eventually lead to sexting and/or sexual contact, according to police.
This is an ongoing investigation and detectives are concerned there are additional victims. Anyone with information reference Julsen is urged to contact the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8500.