FAIRBANKS — A 36-year-old North Pole man was arraigned in Fairbanks court Saturday on multiple charges of child sexual abuse, child pornography and animal sexual abuse.
According to a criminal complaint, Alaska State Troopers began investigating Phillip Kiser on March 9 after receiving a report that he had sexually abused several children. Three of the children told investigators that Kiser engaged in sexual penetration and oral sex with them at his North Pole home.
Investigators determined one of the victims was 7 or 8 years old when Kiser abused her between September 2013 and December 2014. A second victim said she was “very young” when Kiser abused her and attempted to bribe her with candy to model nude for him. The third victim was 13 when Kiser abused her, according to the complaint.
Troopers searched Kiser’s home Monday and seized multiple electronic devices and pornographic materials. They found more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography and bestiality, and multiple videos showing Kiser engaging in sexual acts with each victim, according to the complaint.
Trooper investigators also seized multiple videos and images of Kiser engaging in penile and digital penetration of a female dog. Kiser also had the animal perform fellatio on him, according to the complaint.
Kaiser appeared before District Court Judge Earl Peterson via closed-circuit television from Fairbanks Correctional Center.
Kiser is charged with five counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor younger than 13, five counts of distributing pornographic materials to minors, five counts of possessing child pornography and five counts of exploitation of a minor, all felonies. Kiser also is charged with two counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
If convicted, Kiser faces a prison sentence of 25-99 years for each count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, possession of child pornography and exploitation of a minor. Each count of distributing pornographic materials to a minor is punishable by a maximum of five years in jail.
Cruelty to animals is a class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail for each count.
As of 2018, the newly created Pretrial Enforcement Division has used a scoring system to evaluate flight risks and possible future criminality of new offenders. Because Kiser does not have any prior criminal history, the division rated him as a low-risk and recommended he be released on his own recognizance.
Assistant District Attorney Spenser Ruppert asked Peterson to disregard the pretrial division’s recommendations.
“These alleged crimes are amongst the most vile and the most damaging crimes that can be committed by a person upon others,” Ruppert said. “He stands accused of abusing multiple children in despicable ways, of abusing animals sexually and of videotaping those acts and perpetuating those acts upon others by showing those videos to them.”
Peterson set Kiser’s bail at $1 million, citing the need to protect the public and that Kiser’s “desire to flee” would be heightened by the serious nature of the charges against him.
“They do offer one the opportunity to contemplate whether life in prison is worth sticking around for,” Peterson said.
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