Benjamin “Bam-Bam” Anderson-Agimuk, a former legislative aide to Democrats in the Alaska State House, received a 36-year prison term in Bethel, after he changed his not guilty plea.
The incident happened in 2020. Now 30 years old, Anderson-Agimuk pleaded guilty to one count of sexually assaulting a minor, with the victim being under 11 years old at the time. To add insult to injury, the victim was incapacitated.
In plain terms, Benjamin Anderson-Agimuk raped a child who was incapacitated by alcohol and weed he had plied her with before penetrating her.
After serving his sentence, Anderson-Agimuk will serve 15 years on probation and will have to register as a sex offender for 30 years, and he will have to have no contact with any minors under the age of 16.
However, his scheduled release from Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel is April 1, 2032, when he will be 39 years old. He will have served 19 years in all for his crimes against children.
In the Alaska Legislature, Anderson-Agimuk was a legislative aide for Democrat Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel, who was accused by a woman of getting too rough with her during a sexual encounter. After Fansler left the Legislature in disgrace, Anderson-Agimuk shifted over to Fansler’s replacement, Democrat Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky.
Anderson-Agimuk, a rising Democrat star in the Bethel area, had been picked by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Democrats to come up with a replacement for Fansler, and he chose Zulkosky, who has also since resigned.
The Alaska Federation of Natives awarded Anderson-Agimuk the Roger Lang Youth Leadership Award in 2018.
Then, in 2020, police responded to a report about a young girl passed out on the street. The girl’s mother, who was 16, said that Anderson-Agimuk had given her daughter alcohol and then raped her. The police reported that Anderson-Agimuk said “even if he did have sex with her, she was 16 so it was legal.”
Instead of detaining Anderson-Agimuk while they got a search warrant for DNA, the police in Bethel let him go, because the predator’s lawyer insisted he be released, since there was no search warrant. Anderson-Agimuk disappeared, and police, with their search warrant, were not able to locate him.
A few weeks later came another report — two young girls were lying in front of the library. The 11-year-old told police that “Bam-Bam” had raped her.
The 11-year-old victim explained that Anderson-Agimuk had gotten her and the 14-year-old drunk and have given them marijuana. The 11-year-old also told officers that she had been able to protect her 14-year-old friend, who had passed out, from being raped by Anderson-Agimuk.
Police then found Anderson-Agimuk at his home and arrested him.