Corrections officer charged with sex abuse of girl

PALMER – An official with the state Department of Corrections confirmed today that a Palmer Correctional Center officer has been arrested for sexual abuse of a minor.

Director of Institutions Garland Armstrong said officer Joel Larson, a 14-year veteran with the department, was arrested away from his work site on Friday.

In an affidavit, Wasilla police officer Rick Manrique, states that he re-opened a case in which a Palmer a teenager accused Larson of sexual abuse in 2006 but later recanted the statement under pressure from a family member. She was sentenced at that time for filing a false report.

During an interview in August with Manrique, the girl said she “is tired of living the family lie and is ready to do something about it.”

On Sept. 24, Manrique had the girl wear a wire and as well as carry a recording device when she met Larson at a grocery store in Palmer. During the conversation, Larson allegedly recalled incidents of sexual relations with the now 17-year-old girl.

Manrique contacted Larson Sept. 29, but Larson admitted nothing.

He was arrested on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and five counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, all felonies.

A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 6 in front of Magistrate David Zwink.


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Alaska Correctional Officer Jackie Osborne Charged With Sex With Inmate

Alaska Correctional Officer Jackie Osborne Charged With Sex With Inmate
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – A former officer at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center faces a sexual assault charge after authorities claim he had sex with a female inmate.

Jackie Osborne, 47, is accused of having an ongoing relationship with an inmate and was caught in September when he left a love note on a desk after he went off duty, according to documents filed by prosecutors in Anchorage Superior Court today.

“Osborne’s crimes are serious. They strike at the heart of the public trust placed in corrections officers,” said prosecutor James Fayette in court documents. “The public and the Superior Court should regard a crime committed by a peace officer to be atypical — and to be handled in a manner that reflects legitimate public outrage and legitimate public condemnation.”

The victim, a woman in prison for a felony embezzlement conviction, said in an earlier interview that she felt coerced into the relationship with Osborne because he had so much control over her prison life.

“I’m an inmate. He’s a correctional officer. If I told anyone, who were they going to believe?” she said, breaking down into tears during a recent interview.

Osborne no longer works for the Department of Corrections. He resigned in October after Alaska State Troopers began their investigation