Kodiak monk arrested for sexual abuse of a child.
A monk associated with the Russian Orthodox Church turned himself in to the Kodiak Police Department to report that he had sexually abused an 8-year-old child.+
@alaskapublic #Russia #ChildAbuse
The department said in a statement Friday that 59-year-old Evan P. Nicolai has been charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. He faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted.
According to the Department of Law, when Nicolai turned himself in to police last Saturday, Oct. 2, he was accompanied by the abused child’s parent and a priest of the Kodiak Russian Orthodox Church.
As a monk, Nicolai was provided with housing by the church, said the department. Police say he had stayed at Russian Orthodox locations in Anchorage, Bethel, Eklutna, Homer, Kaktovik and a monastery an hour outside of Phoenix, Ariz.

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