APD: South High mother sexually abused multiple students

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The mother of a South High School student was in court Saturday afternoon accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy and sending naked photos to other boys.

Charging documents presented at the arraignment show that at least two other boys allege having sex with Stephanie Custard, 42, although charges have not currently been brought forward in those cases.

Custard appeared in Anchorage Jail Court Saturday on three charges, including sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree and two counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor, all of which are Class B felonies.

Shielding her face from the cameras, Custard was represented by defense attorney Michael Moberly. Custard stayed silent as three parents of alleged victims presented testimony to the court.

“Ms. Custard has inflicted great pain on our family,” one father said. “My son has had to go through the embarrassment of an S.T.D. screening yesterday and all the interviews that go with that.”

The father said that his son was going to get mental health help and that he was “starting to understand the gravity” of what had happened.

“I cannot understand why someone who has children approximately the same age as mine would inflict this on my family, other families and her own family,” the father said.

“I wish she’d take the paper down because she had no remorse showing her face and other things to all these kids,” said the mother of an alleged victim. “No problem having her photos distributed online, having sex in different places.”

“As a mother my job is to protect. My son considers me a helicopter parent; I still cannot protect him from her,” continued the mother. “She was able to infiltrate these children’s lives and do unimaginable things, and I don’t understand as a mother how you can do that.”

The charging documents presented at Custard’s arraignment state that she and the 14-year-old boy had sex between January 2017 and February 2017. At that time, one of the boy’s parents told police that he suspected the two were having a sexual relationship.

An investigation was then conducted by Anchorage Police Department into the allegations, but neither Custard nor the boy admitted to having a sexual relationship. That investigation was then suspended.

The mother of another victim reported to the South High School Resource Officer earlier this month that Custard had been soliciting her 16-year-old son for sex. The second boy was said to have had been communicating with Custard using SnapChat.

Detective Steven Czajkowski, of the Anchorage Police Department, was assigned to the case on Oct. 23 to investigate and interview potential victims.

The detective interviewed the second boy, who admitted to having sex with Custard at one time at the beginning of the 2018 school year.

“He told me that he didn’t disclose that during our previous interview because he didn’t want to get her in trouble,” wrote Czajkowski.

Sex with a third boy was also detailed in the charging documents.

Search warrants were issued and Czajkowski writes he seized Custard’s “electronic items.” Explicit photos were found but Custard apparently told police that she couldn’t remember who she sent them to.

Custard told police that she had not had sex with any student in the Anchorage School District.

On Saturday, the state, represented by Anchorage assistant district attorney Arne Soldewedel, asked for a $10,000 cash performance bond and conditions that would protect the community.

“That would be low, in my mind, it’s a $25,000 cash performance because there has to be something to stop this from happening, it’s compulsive behavior,” said Soldewedel.

Judge Jennifer Manculich imposed a $25,000 cash performance bond and ordered that Custard not be allowed near any minors whom she is not related to. Parents sitting in the gallery audibly celebrated when the bail amount was announced.

Soldewedel said he did not know why charges were not brought forward regarding the other allegations as he was only the screening attorney in the case.

Custard's attorney said that her name had been spelled incorrectly as Stefanie on the charging document and by police, the correct legal spelling is in fact Stephanie, said Moberly.



 
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