Juneau man faces new sex abuse charges

A convicted sex offender has been charged with sexually abusing two Juneau preteen girls and ordered held on a quarter-million dollars bail.

Russel S. Griffin, 47, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned a day later.

Prosecutors tell District Court Judge Keith Levy that Griffin began sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl in 2010 a few months after he completed supervised probation for a 2004 sexual abuse conviction.

Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams describes Griffin as extremely dangerous. She says he poses public safety concerns.

Public Defender Eric Hedland told the judge he would reserve bail arguments for a future hearing.

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