Anchorage police officer charged with sexual abuse of teen

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage police officer has been arrested in connection with sexual abuse of a teenager, authorities said.

    Andres Ornelas, 28, faces multiple charges of sexual abuse of the minor in May, The Anchorage Daily News reported.

    The teenager became intoxicated while doing shots of alcohol, police said. The girl told police Ornelas asked for permission and reminded the girl she was underage before the abuse occurred, officials said.

    Ornelas denied sexually abusing the teen when he was questioned by detectives, records said.

    The patrol officer was not on duty at the time, police said.

    Ornelas has been employed by the Anchorage Police Department for more than two years. He is on administrative leave without pay during the criminal investigation. The department will conduct a separate, internal investigation, officials said.

    "Nobody here is above the law, and if you do something that's in violation of it, we're going to treat it just like we would anybody else," Chief Justin Doll said

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