Former Anchorage police officer jailed on sexual assault, burglary and stalking charges

Former Anchorage police officer jailed on sexual assault, burglary and stalking charges
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 4:28 PM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2023 at 9:55 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A former Anchorage Police officer appeared in jail court Monday, to hear a prosecutor’s allegation he committed numerous crimes, including sexual assault starting late last year.

Content Warning: This article contains information about alleged sexual assault that might be difficult for some readers.

Scott Boneta, 33, was arrested on Sunday and questioned by Anchorage Police detectives after the former officer was investigated for sexual assault, burglary, stalking, and multiple criminal use of a computer offenses, according to APD.

Boneta is charged with first- and second-degree sexual assault, two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree stalking and seven counts of criminal use of a computer.

Charging documents reveal that Boneta returned home to Alaska in 2014 after serving in the Navy and shortly thereafter joined a veteran’s support group. Boneta was later hired by APD as an officer in 2019.

According to charging docs, Boneta said he first met the accuser in the support group in 2022.

The accuser of the sexual assaults notified APD over the weekend that they were assaulted by Boneta back in December 2022, according to charging documents, and that he had stalked them and tried to burglarize their home.

On Sunday, Boneta’s accuser said the former police officer was outside their residence, starting at 12:20 p.m. Video footage captured by the accuser shows Boneta at the accuser’s door saying, “Open the door my love,” in an “aggressive and demanding tone.”

Boneta, according to the Alaska Department of Law, said he admitted to raping the accuser.

“Mr. Boneta indicated to Detective Thomas that he has a dark side, or a darkness that is inside of him ... And he stated more or less that he has very powerful urges to have sex,” said Daniel Shorey with the Alaska Department of Law. “Mr. Boneta stated he felt powerful while he was doing that. Mr. Boneta also believes that his own personal sadness causes the weather to change. And that he believes that he has ... the ability to possibly read other people’s minds.”

Charging documents also state that Boneta thought people wanted to kill him and were flooding APD with calls. Boneta also said that “it might all be in his head and not actually occurring.”

The department began investigating Boneta in August for using computer databases, including the department’s database, to look up other people’s personal information for non-work related purposes, including people he was associated with from the veteran’s group.

The investigation revealed that Boneta used databases such as APSIN, Department of Motor Vehicles records, and APD’s own database called Tiburon, to look up information on people in the support group.

While speaking with a detective, charging docs revealed that Boneta appeared “paranoid, spoke disjointedly and illogically.

“... Boneta stated he had ‘powers,’ spoke of Illuminati, Freemasons, and Wiccans,” the document states.

“Boneta’s actions in no way reflect the high standard and values of the law enforcement profession,” APD Chief Michael Kerle wrote in a statement. “We have zero tolerance for any criminal or inappropriate conduct by our officers, and we hold them accountable for their actions.”

Boneta resigned from APD on Sept. 28 after spending more than three years with the department. The docs state that he had been admitted to Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital in Anchorage before then.

Boneta’s bond was set at $200,000 plus a third-party custodian. The court said Boneta must stay at least 1,000 feet away from the victim’s residence.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, resources are available on the Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) website or by calling the statewide crisis hotline at 1-800-478-8999.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.