Former Saint Paul police chief convicted of sexual abuse

Former Saint Paul Police Chief Nicholas J. Hunnicutt was convicted by an Anchorage jury Tuesday, Sept. 26 of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree. 

Alaska Department of Law officials said the abuse occurred in 2015 on Saint Paul Island, and involved a 14-year-old individual who was touched inappropriately. The case was originally set for trial in March 2020, but delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The case was investigated by Alaska State Troopers and Arkansas State Police, and prosecuted by the Office of Special Prosecutions. 

Hunnicutt is being held without bail. Sentencing is set for Jan. 29, 2024. Hunnicutt could face a term of five to 15 years in prison as a first-time felony offender.