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Alaska State Troopers from the Seward post on Monday arrested a 22-year-old man accused of sexual relationships with three girls between fourteen and fifteen years old. Ethan Koch, 22, of Homer has been charged with three counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of third degree sexual abuse of a minor. 

Troopers in Anchor Point learned of the incidents in early March when a mother of one of the girls told law enforcement that Koch had a sexual relationship with her daughter, according to the Troopers’ report on the arrest. Troopers went on to identify two other underage girls with whom Koch had had sexual relationships, the report says.

“There was not any reported force used, but due to the difference in ages of the involved parties, it’s criminal,” said Sgt. Dan Cox.

The offenses allegedly took place over a period of three years in Anchor Point and Ninilchik. Koch was taken into custody in Seward on April 1, the same day that a judge in Homer issued a warrant for his arrest.

“We got information that he was over in Seward through the end part of the investigation,” Cox said. “Once the warrants were issued, then I contacted the Seward Troopers and let them know.”

Koch was reportedly working in Seward.

The age of consent in Alaska is 16. It is a felony for an individual 17 years or older to have sex with someone under 16 years old and at least four years younger than the offender.