Story last updated at 4:29 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2002

Nanwalek teenagers charged in sex assault
Two 18-year-old Nanwalek men have been arrested for allegedly sexual assaulting a 16-year-old Port Graham girl Monday.

Daniel Hetrick and Jesse Kvasnikoff were arrested Tuesday by Alaska State Troopers and arraigned that evening. They were being held in the Homer jail Wednesday pending action from the Kenai Grand Jury, said trooper Sgt. Jim Hibpshman.

The case came to the troopers' attention when the victim was medevaced from Port Graham on Monday morning. The victim was unconscious and unresponsive at that time. Hibpshman said alcohol may have been a factor, but no other information about the girl's condition was released.

Both Hetrick and Kvasnikoff have been charged with second-degree sexual assault, although Hibpshman said that may change to first-degree sexual assault if the Kenai Grand Jury decides it is warranted. Under the current charges, a class B felony, the teens could face a sentence of up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $50,000.

Hibpshman said the investigation is still in the early stages, and the details of the incident are not yet being released. "There are still some investigation steps that need to be worked on," he said. "We'll go forward from there."