Police say an on-duty rural Alaskan cop got drunk and sent dozens of sexually charged text messages to a 12-year-old girl from a governmental cell phone.

Twenty-two-year-old Leon Outwater, a village police officer in Kobuk, Alaska was arrested Thursday, nearly a month after the 12-year-old's mother discovered the texts.

To arrest Outwater, troopers had to fly 155 miles from Kotzebue — the largest city in the Northwest Arctic Borough — to Kobuk. The small community (pop. 140) banned the importation and sale of alcohol in the 1980s.

Outwater allegedly sent the girl at least 20 texts, allegedly soliciting sex, in November from a communal cell phone shared by Alaskan officers.

When he was confronted by police, Outwater had an explanation: "I was drunk."

Outwater's been charged with first- and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, plus a tampering charge for deleting the texts off the phone.

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