Judge Denies Gag Order in Bethel Abuse Case

A Fairbanks judge has denied a defense attorney's request for a gag order to prevent the Alaska Office of Children's Services from releasing information in the case of a former foster parent and daycare operator accused of sexually abusing two children

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by Brooks Putman

ANCHORAGE- A Fairbanks judge has denied a defense attorney's request for a gag order to prevent the Alaska Office of Children's Services from releasing information in the case of a former foster parent and daycare operator accused of sexually abusing two children in his care.
The decision by Superior Court Judge Douglas Blankenship was issued in two criminal cases against 69-year-old Peter Tony.
Tony and his late wife, Marilyn, were foster care parents in Bethel for 14 years, ending in 1998. The couple then operated a child care center in Bethel.
Tony is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old foster daughter in 1998 and a 4-year-old last year at the day care center.
His attorney, Mark Osterman, requested the gag order, which was denied Monday.