Former attorney general charged with sexual abuse


JUNEAU (AP) — A special prosecutor has filed charges of sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree against former Alaska Attorney General Clyde “Ed” Sniffen.

Third-degree sexual abuse of a minor is a felony punishable by two to 12 years in prison.

The charges are related to Sniffen’s alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl in 1991, when she was a high school student and he was the coach of her school’s mock trial team. Sniffen was 27 at the time.

Sniffen was a longtime attorney with the department who was appointed attorney general by Gov. Mike Dunleavy in January 2021. However, S...

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