A 25-year-old Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson solider pleaded not guilty in an Anchorage courtroom Monday to nine counts stemming from the alleged sexual assault of two women at gunpoint in July.
Spc. Tony Earl Bullock Jr. was indicted by a grand jury on nine charges, including first degree sexual assault, third degree assault and armed robbery.
APD Special Victims Unit Detective John Vandervalk, who is investigating the cases, says it is uncommon to see multiple sexual assaults with a weapon involved.
"We see one similar to this every, approximately four to five years," says Vandervalk. "We actually do see a number of cases where we have an offender that commits a number of events over a course of time. That's not that uncommon for us, unfortunately."
Bullock also faces charges of attempted sexual assault of a third victim, who was able to get away and provide police with the license plate number of a vehicle allegedly owned by Bullock.
APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro previously said a string of sexual assaults began in Mountain View during the early hours of July 16, at about 4:20 a.m.
Police say Bullock met Alaska Native women in Mountain View, forced them into secluded and sexually assaulted them at gunpoint.
Bullock initially became a person of interest in two cases, and when police contacted him on July 20 at about 3 a.m., "he was stopped trailing another woman on foot in Mountain View," Castro wrote.
He was arrested by APD on Sept. 18.
The judge Monday set a pre-trial date in November, and a trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9.
Editor's Note: Channel 2's Austin Baird and Chris Klint contributed information to this story.
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