Sex offender who sought 'fresh start' in Alaska charged with abusing boy, records show

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) An Iowa sex offender who told police he moved to Alaska for a “fresh start” is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy days after his arrival here.

Richard Dale Abrahamson, 36, faces seven felony charges following the early April assault at a Midtown hotel, according to a criminal complaint filed in state court. The investigation began April 12 when the mother of the boy said Abrahamson had inappropriately touched her son the previous weekend while babysitting.

Police seized Abrahamson’s phone and found the man had taken nude photos of the child, prosecutors wrote in a bail memo.

Abrahamson is listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry database, which has now been updated to say he is being held at the Anchorage jail on the new charges. Abrahamson told a detective that he believed he would not be required to register as a sex offender in Alaska, prosecutors wrote.

Abrahamson was convicted in Iowa at age 15 of breaking into a neighborhood home and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old, according to the bail memo. His criminal record also includes failing to register as a sex offender in 2000 and serving prison time for conviction on an armed robbery charge, court records show.

The investigation is ongoing.

“Forensic analysts also discovered numerous images of child sexual exploitation from Abrahamson’s seized devices, which are the subject of an ongoing forensic examination,” prosecutors wrote.

Abrahamson made a court appearance Thursday in Anchorage.

According to court filings, Assistant Attorney General Adam Alexander requested that bail be set at $500,000 cash performance and a third-party custodian.

Alexander said in an email that Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay set bail at $250,000 cash performance bond and a court-approved third-party custodian.

The case is scheduled for trial in August.