Hood River business owner facing child sex abuse charges

A local business owner has been charged with five counts of first-degree sexual abuse after allegedly having sexual contact with at least two minors between the ages of 8 and 10.

Kenneth Gordon Lolley, 73, of Hood River, was arraigned on the five charges Friday morning in Hood River County Circuit Court. Lolley owns KV Pottery Studio on the Heights at 1082A Tucker Road.

Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen, who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State of Oregon, noted that it was also “very likely a third victim was identified, actually by Lolley himself, but has yet to be interviewed.” She added that Lolley had confessed to the crimes and even “drew a diagram to where he had sexual contact with at least the first victim.”

Rasmussen said Lolley had a history of “somewhat related behavior.” She told the court that Lolley was convicted in 1989 in Hood River County for public indecency on a charge that “involved targeting young girls in a similar age group as these two victims.” Rasmussen said the 1989 charge involved Lolley “exposing himself and masturbating in front of (the victims) while they walked to their school bus.”

Originally held on $100,000 cash bail, Rasmussen asked the bail be raised to $200,000 cash “as a safety to the community.”

“He teaches pottery classes to both children and adults and we believe that… many young folks have been exposed to Mr. Lolley in the Hood River area,” she explained.

Judge John A. Olson appointed Brian Starns as counsel for the defendant. Lolley said little during the arraignment other than notifying the court of his monthly income, which he said was around $1,100 and consisted mostly of social security.

Olson agreed to increase the bail to $200,000 and set Lolley’s next court date for Monday, December 30, at 11 a.m. He also ordered Lolley that if he did post bail to not have any contact with individuals under the age of 18.

Sex abuse in the first degree is a Class B felony and if convicted, Lolley could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine with a minimum sentence of 75 months in jail.

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