Former Alaska Attorney General Charged With Sexual Assault

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (TSWT) — A former Alaska Attorney General has been charged by a state jury with three felonies of sexual abuse of a minor, a special prosecutor announced Wednesday.

The charges against Clyde “Ed” Sniffen involve an Anchorage West High School student while he held a position of authority in 1991, according to a statement released by the current attorney general’s office on behalf of special counsel Gregg Olson.

Sniffing will be arraigned on Monday.

Olson filed charges in May against Sniffen, 58, and the grand jury filed its charges earlier this week against the three felonies against him.

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A message sent to Jeffrey Robinson, who is listed in online court records as Sniffen’s attorney, was not immediately returned. His office said he was out of town.

Sniffen was a longtime attorney with the Alaska Department of Law. In January 2021, Governor Mike Dunleavy appointed him Attorney General, the state’s top law enforcement officer. He resigned shortly after, however, before his appointment was confirmed by the Alaska legislature.

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Sniffen was chosen to replace married and socially conservative then-Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, who stepped down in 2020 shortly after details of text messages he sent to a female state employee were revealed.

The Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica reported in 2021 that Sniffen’s resignation was announced for reporting allegations of sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl three decades earlier.

The woman had told news organizations that she and Sniffen began a sexual relationship in 1991 while she was in high school. At the time, he was a 27-year-old attorney at a local law firm and a coach of her school’s trial team, the news organizations had reported.

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The Anchorage Police Department was investigating after the relationship went public in January 2021. Olson reviewed the investigation independently of the attorney general’s office.

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