Attorney General Craig Richards is in the process of hiring a special investigator to look into the handling of sexual assault complaints within the Alaska National Guard.
Grace Jang, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bill Walker, said Richards is vetting five candidates who have strong criminal investigation backgrounds and are in good standing with the Alaska Bar. She did not have a set timeline for the hiring but expected it to be soon.
She said the person selected will be more of a fact-finder and recommend whether a special prosecutor is needed.
Jang said the special investigator will be charged with looking into allegations of sexual abuse, harassment and cover-up, as well as whether the response of law enforcement was appropriate and procedures were followed.