Courts & Crime

Alaska bar owner charged with sexual assault will quit post

The owner of two downtown Anchorage bars charged with sexually assaulting four women inside one of them last weekend announced Tuesday he will resign as president of the Anchorage Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer's Association, according to the association.

John Pattee, 47, is charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault in connection with an incident at one of his bars, The Avenue, early Sunday.

Pattee, who also owns The Gaslight Lounge, was released on bail from the Anchorage jail Tuesday, according to the state Department of Corrections. As part of his conditions of release, Pattee was banned from entering The Avenue and placed into the third-party custody of his wife and the manager of The Gaslight.

Bob Winn, vice president of Anchorage CHARR, said Pattee, who was re-elected president last month, called to say he will send in a letter of resignation, which officials are anticipate receiving in coming days. The association will not move forward with its replacement plan, established in its bylaws, until then, he said.

Police say they were called to The Avenue at 3:39 a.m. and arrived to find four women, including one employee, claiming Pattee had been groping their breasts and crotches after he'd been drinking at the bar.

Under Anchorage law, patrons cannot be inside a bar after 3 a.m. on a weekend, and the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is investigating whether liquor laws were violated.

"It happened well after closing," police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.