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Anchorage man charged with sexually abusing a dozen victims over years

A 27-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with two dozen felonies for allegedly sexually abusing at least 12 victims over a six year period.

Solomon “Tommy” James testifies at the sentencing of Anya James at the Nesbett Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

Solomon "Tommy" James was arrested on Thursday after an Anchorage Grand Jury returned a 24-count indictment against him, the Anchorage District Attorney's office said in a statement.

Among the charges are nine counts of first degree sexual assault. Each carries a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison. James is also charged with 10 counts of second degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Prosecutors did not detail the circumstances of the charges, other than to say they stem from alleged "sexual misconduct committed between 2012 and 2017 against twelve different victims."

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James was arrested Thursday.

Police say anyone with more information on James or who believes they may have been victimized by him should contact the Anchorage Police Department and file a police report. Someone will follow up, said Brett Sarber, a detective with the APD.

Solomon James was a victim in a notorious, long-running Anchorage child abuse case.

His adoptive mother Anya James was sentenced in October for abusing and starving the six children she adopted from foster care.

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He testified at his adoptive mother's sentencing, describing a decade of abuse in her home and telling the court that every system designed to protect vulnerable children in Alaska had failed him and his siblings.

When he was removed from Anya James' home at age 18 he weighed 90 pounds and stood 4-foot-8, he told the court.

At the October sentencing, he said he had struggled in adulthood but had found work as a car salesman.

Public records show James is being held at the Anchorage Jail on $250,000 bail.

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