Officer at McLaughlin gets sentenced for sexual abuse of minor

(Source: MGN)
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A 50-year-old man was sentenced to 57.5 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor when he worked at McLaughlin Youth Center.

Police say Bigham resigned from his position as a juvenile justice officer in 2015 after it was discovered that he had remained in contact with a 16-year-old girl at the facility, in violation of department policy.

An investigation then revealed that Bigham had written the girl letters detailing an escape plan. The girl also disclosed to investigators that Bigham had sexually abused her on seven occasions over the course of four days just before leaving work.

Anchorage police continued the investigation and recorded a phone conversation between the victim and Bigham in which he described how he would help her escape from the facility and told her he loved her. He also reminded her "if anything goes down, you don't know s*#t."

When police arrested him the next day, they found images of the victim in her underwear on Bigham's home computer.

Bigham was sentenced to 57.5 years for multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor and attempting to aid an inmate in escaping from McLaughlin.

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