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.
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.