- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Authorities have arrested a former Bethel police officer accused of trying to sexually assault a woman while on duty.

Aaron Fedolfi remained at large until he was arrested Tuesday night in Anchorage. He appeared in court Wednesday on misdemeanor charges of attempted sexual assault and official misconduct. He faces two years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Fedolfi is accused of picking up an intoxicated woman while on patrol in Bethel and trying to force the woman to perform a sexual act on him. He first denied the claims, but allegedly changed his story after police obtained video that showed Fedolfi picking up the woman, KYUK-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1HAkCaU).

Court documents say Fedolfi had violated police policy by not recording his interaction with the woman and failing to radio dispatch when he picked her up.

Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee said Tuesday that it is not uncommon for police officers to pick up people who are intoxicated and take them to a relative, friend, jail or hospital. But every encounter is supposed to be reported, he said.

Fedolfi was placed on administrative leave following an investigation into the incident. He resigned from the department in October.

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