Ex-state trooper reaches plea agreement with prosecutors in sexual abuse of a minor case


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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A former Fort Wainwright provost marshal and Alaska State Trooper has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a sexual abuse of a minor case.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1Ct1MzQ) reports a change of plea hearing is scheduled for April 7 for 76-year-old Warren Tanner.

The retired trooper was commander of the Fairbanks detachment from 1997 until he retired in 1999.

He was charged last year with six counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Prosecutors say he began inappropriately touching a girl when she was 3 or 4 years old and that she was 14 when the abuse was discovered.

Tanner was arrested in February 2014.

District Attorney Mike Gray says he anticipates Tanner will be sentenced to 40 years in prison. Tanner remains free on $35,000 bail.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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