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Edwards faces sexual abuse charges

Daily News Staff Writer

Douglas S. Edwards, 59, was arrested around 2 p.m. on Monday on three counts of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Ketchikan Police Department.

Edwards is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Ketchikan, and had retired this month from a 15-year teaching career at Ketchikan High School.

The investigation began in May, KPD Chief Joe White told the Daily News late Monday afternoon.

White said that the alleged victim was a 14-year-old female and that a third-party originally reported the alleged sexual abuse, which prompted the investigation.

White said that police have “strong evidence” in the case.

“The report came to us some time in May; we had to work with other agencies for interviews and investigative tools,” White said. “… We used multiple investigative tools in this case, different techniques.”

According to a press release released late Monday afternoon, Edwards was in a position of authority over the child he allegedly abused.

“Mr. Edwards is alleged to have had sexual contact with a 14-year-old female on multiple occasions, while he maintained a position of authority over that female,” the release reads.

When asked about which position of authority was involved, police said they were not ready to release that information quite yet.

According to police, Edwards was contacted by KPD at the station, interviewed, and subsequently arrested on the felony charges.

Edwards is being held without bail at Ketchikan Correctional Center. He has a felony arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday in Ketchikan Superior Court.