- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Attorney General Craig Richards will name a special investigator Thursday to look into the handling of sexual assault and other allegations within the Alaska National Guard.

That’s according to Gov. Bill Walker.

In his State of the State speech, Walker said that as commander in chief of the guard, he will ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

A report, released by then-Gov. Sean Parnell last September, found that victims didn’t trust the system due to lack of confidence in the command.

The scandal and criticism of the Parnell administration’s handling of complaints overshadowed last year’s gubernatorial race.

Walker’s spokeswoman has said the investigator will look into allegations of sexual abuse, harassment and cover-up, as well as whether the response of law enforcement was appropriate and whether procedures were followed.



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