Gag order denied in sexual abuse case
Superior Court Judge Douglas Blankenship has denied the request from Peter Tony’s attorney asking that Alaska Office of Children’s Services be barred from releasing additional documents or statements related to his time as foster parent from 1984 to 1998, according to AlaskaDispatch.com.
Blankenship wrote that the court cannot justify prior restraint on the First Amendment right of the press to obtain information under Alaska public disclosure laws. Tony had requested a blanket order for the agency from disclosing any documents and statements related to Tony, his late wife Marilyn and any children the couple may have supervised in their time as foster parents.
Tony, 69, was charged in June with several counts of molesting a 4-year-old girl at his unlicensed day care. Later he was also charged with sexually abusing a foster child in his care in 1998.