UPDATE: Arrest made in investigation of sexual abuse involving South High Students

Stefanie Custard (From APD)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update: 4:45 p.m.
A 42-year-old Anchorage woman has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful exploitation of a minor after an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct between a community member and South High students.

Stefanie Custard, 42, was allegedly discovered by detectives with the Special Victims Unit engaging in sexual relations with "multiple male students" according to APD, which says Custard is believed to have had sex with a male juvenile and sent images of her encounters to several other juvenile males via social media and by text message.

Investigators are working to determine if there are more victims and encourage anyone who may have information or may have been a victim to call APD at 311.

APD says there are no indications that criminal activity took place on ASD property or involved ASD employees.

Original story:
Anchorage authorities are investigating claims of apparent sexual misconduct involving a member of the community and several students at South Anchorage High School.

It was reported to a staff member at South High that "inappropriate actions of a sexual nature had occurred involving a community member and students who attend South," according to a statement from the Anchorage School District.

What exactly those actions were, and how they occurred, have not yet been disclosed.

Administration at South, upon learning of the claims, contacted the Anchorage Police Department, which is now conducting an investigation into what happened.

The person involved who isn't a student, identified by ASD only as a "community member," is not believed to have any connections to the district, and is not an employee.

It was not disclosed what connection that person had with the students involved, other than that it was "of a sexual nature."

According to the district, APD assured it that there is no threat or risk to students at this time. However, it also asked for anyone with information to come forward.

APD spokesperson Kendra Doshier wrote in an email that the department is aware of the allegations and is investigating. As the investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct is still ongoing, APD does not comment on the ongoing developments in the investigation.

More information will be issued if criminal charges are brought against a suspect, or if authorities believe more victims are at risk. ASD said that right now, there is no risk to other students, explaining why APD did not issue a crime alert when the investigation began.

This story is still developing and many details of the investigation have not been released. KTUU will update the story when more information becomes available.



 
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