was a Mormon church member in Alaska; accused of sexual abuse; convicted

Case Summary

NOTE: In Rarick’s “perversion files” document, his religion is listed as “Mormon (Not Practicing).”

Kenneth Rarick sexually molested three children in North Pole, Alaska, while living with their family as a live-in homeschool teacher from 1997 to 1998. During this time Rarick also taught at a nearby private school run by a charismatic church. Rarick was already a known sex offender after sexually molesting a boy in 1982, but there are no restrictions in Alaska on sex offenders teaching in private schools or teaching homeschooled children. Rarick was found guilty and sentenced to 32 years in prison.


12/16/82 Fairbanks,

Alaska

LDS Kenneth R. Rarick was convicted of Sexual Abuse of a minor boy at Lost Lake Scout
Camp and placed on the BSA Confidential Files in December of 1982. “The evidence at
trial showed Rarick had attempted similar acts with two other scouts during the same time
frame.”

On September 16, 1983 there is a letter in the BSA file addressed to Kenneth R. Rarick
stating:

“Dear Kenneth, 1 want to personally thank you for your service to youth through Scouting, as
commissions in unit #8601 you have helped our nation’s youth learn the precepts of
“Helping other People” “Do your Best,” and “Be Prepared.”

Please consider this letter my personal invitation to become a member of the National Boy
Scout Alumni Family.”

Sources
  1. Kenneth R Rarick - Perversion Files
    view source details | 25 Sep 2023 | LA Times
  2. Registration subscription and statistical service
    view source details | 25 Sep 2023 | Boy Scout Sexual Abuse
  3. 3 Children in North Pole, Alaska
    view source details | 14 May 2013 | HS Invisible Children
  4. Ex-church school worker sentenced for molestation
    view source details | 2 Aug 2002 | Juneau Empire
  5. Ex-church school worker sentenced for molestation
    view source details | 4 Aug 2002 | Juneau Empire
  6. x-church school worker sentenced for molestation
    view source details | 4 Aug 2002 | Juneau Empire
  7. Ex-church school worker sentenced for molestation
    view source details | 4 Aug 2002 | Juneau Empire
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  • Kenneth R Rarick - Perversion Files
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    Publisher: LA Times
    Date published/accessed: 25 Sep 2023
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    Publisher: Boy Scout Sexual Abuse
    Date published/accessed: 25 Sep 2023
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    3 Children in North Pole, Alaska
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: HS Invisible Children
    Date published/accessed: 14 May 2013
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    Ex-church school worker sentenced for molestation
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    Publisher: Juneau Empire
    Date published/accessed: 2 Aug 2002
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    Ex-church school worker sentenced for molestation
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    Publisher: Juneau Empire
    Date published/accessed: 4 Aug 2002
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    x-church school worker sentenced for molestation
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    Publisher: Juneau Empire
    Date published/accessed: 4 Aug 2002
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    Ex-church school worker sentenced for molestation
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Juneau Empire
    Date published/accessed: 4 Aug 2002
    archive 1 | archive 2

    By
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    FAIRBANKS - A former church-school worker was sentenced to 32 years in prison for molesting several children in North Pole.

    Kenneth Rarick, 50, is a repeat sexual offender with a cunning ability to win the trust of both adults and young children, Superior Court Judge Niesje Steinkruger said Thursday.

    "Mr. Rarick is manipulative in the extreme in cultivating opportunities to gain access to young children," Steinkruger said. "He is extremely dangerous."

    Rarick pleaded no contest in February to three counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of solicitation of a minor. A grand jury had indicted him on five additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor, but those were dropped as part of a plea deal.

    Rarick was arrested in December and charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy. More alleged victims surfaced during further investigation by Alaska State Troopers, and Rarick was eventually charged with molesting four children and soliciting a fifth.

    Three of the children had lived with Rarick, a live-in homeschool teacher from 1997 to 1998. One of the alleged victims met Rarick in 1996, when the former Boy Scout leader was teaching at Jubilee Christian School, a private school in North Pole.

    The school, run from the premises of a charismatic church called Freedom in Christ Ministries, closed three years ago.

    In 1982, Rarick was convicted of sexually abusing a young boy during a Boy Scout outing.

    In Thursday's sentencing hearing, Fairbanks District Attorney Teresa Foster called for a lengthy prison sentence rather than probation time or treatment.

    "The only time in the past 20 years that Mr. Rarick has not been abusing children is when he was in jail, behind bars, without access to children," Foster said.

    Rarick's attorney, Jim Cannon, said Rarick would have been less prone to commit the latest abuses had he received treatment during his imprisonment for the 1982 conviction.

    "Mr. Rarick has an illness, he needs treatment for an illness," Cannon said. "He's not a violent man."

    Speaking briefly, Rarick asked for a sentence of mostly treatment and said he wanted a chance to express remorse to the children and their families.

    "From my newfound religious convictions I recently had, I realize the gravity of what I've done," he said.

    Rarick's sentence also includes 10 years of probation. He also must register for life on the state's sex offender database.

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