Nicholas J. Hunnicutt, a former Chief of Police for the village of Saint Paul on Saint Paul Island, was convicted by a jury on Sept. 26 of sexually abusing a minor in the second degree.

According to the Alaska Department of Law, the abuse occurred in 2015 on the Island of St. Paul and involved a 14-year-old minor who was touched inappropriately. The case originally was set for trial in March 2020, but was delayed due to Covid concerns. The matter was investigated by Alaska State Troopers, and the Arkansas State Police and prosecuted by the Office of Special Prosecutions.

Hunnicutt was serving as St. Paul’s police chief when the crime occurred in November of 2015, after which he resigned and moved to Arkansas, where he continued work in law enforcement.

He was arrested in July 2017 in Arkansas and then transported back to Alaska.

Hunnicutt is being held without bail and his sentencing is set for Jan. 29, 2024. He faces a term of five to 15 years of imprisonment as a first-time felony offender. Hunnicutt is being held without bail.

The City of Saint Paul consists of the entirety of Saint Paul Island, the largest of Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. It’s about 44 square miles in area and home to approximately 480 people.

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Former St. Paul police chief convicted of sexual abuse of a minor

Joel Davidson
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