Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A Hood River man arrested in December of last year on over a dozen counts of first-degree sexual abuse won’t plea to the charges until this summer, following a request from his attorney to extend proceedings.
Kenneth Gordon Lolley, 73, was at the Hood River County Courthouse Monday morning for an entry of plea to the 14 counts of first-degree sexual abuse he has been charged with. Lolley, who formerly owned KV Pottery on the Heights and taught pottery classes to children and adults, is accused of touching the private parts of three girls, ages 8, 10, and 11, on multiple occasions in 2013.
Lolley was originally held at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles on $300,000 bail, but his attorney, Brian Starns, of Hood River law firm Morris, Smith, Starns, Raschio & Sullivan, was able to get the bail reduced to $40,000 in February of this year despite the objections of Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen, who is prosecuting the case. Families of the alleged victims also made impassioned requests to the court to keep Lolley in jail.
Hood River County Circuit Court Judge Paul Crowley ultimately decided to grant the bail reduction and the next day, Lolley made bail. He has since been confined to his home at 1640 16th St. in Hood River, along with an electronic monitoring device, per court order.
Lolley returned to court on Monday for a scheduled entry of plea, but Starns asked Judge John A. Olson, who presided over the case, to push back the plea date. Starns told Olson that “our investigations are continuing and we need some additional time,” and also noted that he did “not believe we will be in a position to be ready rather quickly.”
Olson granted Starns’ request and scheduled Lolley to enter a plea on Monday, June 30, at 9:30 a.m. 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 for the first-degree sexual abuse charges, which are class B felonies.
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