The Ketchikan Police Department’s business line is 907-225-6631. To report a crime anonymously, people can call the Crime Stoppers line at 907-225-2583. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)

Update: Peter Vansell was acquitted of the charges described below after a jury trial in February 2022, Ketchikan District Attorney Kristian Pickrell said in an emailed statement. KRBD has also reached out to Vansell’s attorney for comment.

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The Ketchikan Police Department says they arrested a man this week on a felony charge of first-degree sexual assault.

Police identify the suspect as 36-year-old Peter Vansell of San Diego. A sworn statement filed in court by Ketchikan police states that Vansell and his alleged victim were in a brief relationship in 2015. Police say the two met up on Sunday, and the assault occurred that night in Vansell’s hotel room.

Vansell’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Vansell is due back in court Monday. He’s being held in the Ketchikan Correctional Center on $15,000 bail.