Keith Anders Hermann, 54, sits in court Tuesday. Hermann is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Keith Anders Hermann, 54, sits in court Tuesday. Hermann is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Man arrested Friday for sexual abuse makes court appearance

He’s being held Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $50,000 bail.

A state worker arrested at the State Office Building Friday, who is facing more than a dozen charges of sexual assault against a minor, made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg appointed Keith Anders Hermann, 54, a public defender and set a bail hearing for later in the week.

Hermann was indicted Thursday on six counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree, six counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree, and one count of sex assault in the first degree. Juneau police said they began investigating the case in August after receiving a report alleging Hermann had been sexually abusive.

He is currently being held in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $50,000 bail.

He said in court he intended to hire an attorney but could not do so until he was able to be released on bail and was able to get his financial affairs in order.

“I don’t want to get a public defender and switch horses when I can afford an attorney,” Hermann told the judge.“This is a complex criminal case. I have consulted with several attorneys and haven’t retained any of them.”

“I know that I need to get back to work, the sooner the better,” Hermann said.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757.621.1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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