Pharmacy president facing charges in Alaska 4-7-07

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The president and co-owner of a company that purchased the Penobscot Indian Nation's troubled mail-order pharmacy is free on bail following his arrest stemming from charges in Alaska.

Jerry Tanner, 45, was charged Thursday with being a fugitive from justice from Alaska, where he faces felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting young men under the age of 21 and providing alcohol to a minor, police said.

Tanner is president and co-owner of I Care Pharmacy, which last month bought the PIN Rx business from the Penobscot Indian Nation. At the time, Tanner said he planned to move the operation from Indian Island to Aroostook County.

After appearing in a Bangor court Friday, Tanner posted bail which is believed to have been set at $75,000 cash, the Bangor Daily News reported. Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said the bail amount was significant, but he was unsure of the exact amount.

A condition of Tanner's bail is that he return voluntarily to Alaska by a specific date this month, Almy said. Tanner could not be reached for comment.

According to court documents, an employee of Tanner's company told police that Tanner would flee to a Caribbean island if police attempted to arrest him. The documents also said that Tanner has the financial resources to retire there.