Former Bethel legislative aide charged with assaulting girl after giving her alcohol

Benjamin Anderson-Agimuk, 27, has been charged with two counts of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21, and one count of sexual assault of a minor. (CHRISTINE TRUDEAU / KYUK)

A Bethel man has been charged with giving an 11-year-old girl alcohol and then sexually assaulting her. On April 2, prosecutors charged 27-year-old Benjamin “Bam Bam” Anderson-Agimuk with two counts of furnishing alcohol to a person under 21, and one count of sexual assault of a victim under 13.

This is the second time in a month that police have responded to claims that Anderson-Agimuk had sex with a girl after giving her alcohol. Police responded to a call on March 5 of a girl, 16, passed out on the street, according to court documents. When officers arrived, the girl’s mother said that Anderson-Agimuk had given her daughter alcohol and then had sex with her. According to the police affidavit, Anderson-Agimuk responded that “even if he did have sex with her, she was 16 so it was legal.”

While Anderson-Agimuk was detained at the police station, officers applied for a search warrant to collect DNA evidence from him. Before the warrant was granted, his attorney demanded he be released; officers complied. Once the search warrant came through, investigators tried to find Anderson-Agimuk, but could not locate him.

Less than a month later, on April 2, the charges say that police responded to a 911 call reporting a 14-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl lying on the ground in front of the Kuskokwim Consortium Library. According to the charging document, the 11-year-old told police she had been raped by “Bam Bam,” using Anderson-Agimuk’s nickname. The girl said that Anderson-Agimuk had given her and the older girl alcohol and marijuana. The 11-year-old told police that she had been able to protect the 14-year-old from being raped.

The girl’s mother said that she had allowed her daughter to sleep over at the 14-year-old girl’s house the previous night. The 14-year-old told police that the 11-year-old had been messaging “Bam Bam,” and wanted to meet him. According to the charges, the 14-year-old said that they left the house at 5 a.m., and Anderson-Agimuk gave the girls drinks and smoked marijuana with them. The 14-year old said that she “blacked out.”

Acting Bethel Police Chief Amy Davis said that officers found Anderson-Agimuk at his house and arrested him on April 2. As of April 6, he was still being held at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center, with bail set at $50,000. He has been granted a public defender, and his next court date is May 14.

Anderson-Agimuk previously served as a legislative aide for former state House Rep. Zach Fansler until assault allegations led to Fansler’s resignation, and for Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky [D-Bethel] until December 2018. In a written statement, Zulkosky’s office said, “This news is deeply troubling and saddening, and Representative Zulkosky believes strongly that all victims deserve justice.”

In 2018, the Alaska Federation of Natives awarded Anderson-Agimuk the Roger Lang Youth Leadership Award.