Saturday, February 22, 2014
Kenneth Gordon Lolley has made bail and has been released from the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles where he has been held for the past three months on first-degree sexual abuse charges.
Lolley, 73, who lives at 1640 16th St. in Hood River, was originally arrested back in December 2013 on multiple first-degree sexual abuse cases after allegedly touching “sensitive or intimate areas” of three girls aged 8, 10, and 11. He is currently facing 14 counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Lolley was released from jail Feb. 14 after posting $40,000 bail, but is subject to court-ordered house arrest via electronic home monitoring, which he is required to pay for.
Bail in the case was previously set at $300,000, which Lolley’s attorney, Brian Starns, argued was “constitutionally invalid.”
“It is our specific position that the amount of bail that is being requested and has been ordered in this case is constitutionally invalid in the sense that it is completely unreachable,” Starns told the court in a Feb. 12 appearance. “It is an amount that he absolutely cannot reach and there are other ways we can secure both the concerns for the safety and for reappearance.”
Starns added that Lolley and his wife, Verna, did not have the “financial wherewithal” to make bail. He said it was his understanding that the couple’s business, KV Pottery, located at 1082A Tucker Road on the Heights, had closed since Lolley’s arrest. Starns also argued that Lolley was not a flight risk, had lived in the Gorge for over 50 years and has many ties with the community. Lolley taught pottery classes to both children and adults at his studio.
“He’s not going anywhere,” Starns said. “He’s aware of the charges.”
Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen argued vigorously against Lolley’s release.
“Mr. Starns says [Lolley] has contacts with the community,” Rasmussen said. “The state would argue he has used his position and his contacts with the community in order to facilitate these crimes.”
Rasmussen added Lolley had a 1989 conviction for public indecency after exposing himself to two underage girls as they walked by his house on their way to school.
“[Lolley] would time it so when they walked by his house in the morning, he’d come out of his garage in what I believe was a robe, and basically flash his genitalia at them,” Rasmussen told the court. “And so he has at least a long-term interest in children of this age and I do think that represents a danger to the community.”
Rasmussen also read a statement from one of the alleged victim’s parents, requesting that the court not release Lolley from jail.
“He presents himself very likeable, especially towards kids, but there is a child abuser inside of him. Please don’t release,” Rasmussen read.
The hearing was continued to Feb. 13 so that all the parents of the alleged victims could have an opportunity to address the court.
One parent told the court that “the effects on the children go on long after the effects of what have occurred.” She requested Lolley remain in jail.
Another parent said her daughter is “upset that she trusted somebody, you know, and that he would do these things.”
Rasmussen also alleged that Verna Lolley may have been aware of her husband’s actions, noting that “law enforcement learned about one of the victims from a phone call that the defendant had with his own wife, which indicates some knowledge or awareness on her part that there would be yet another female that would be a victim of her husband.”
“I have no reason to believe, that Ms. Lolley, in any capacity, would have knowledge of something like this, if it in fact happened, and fail to act on that knowledge,” he said.
Rasmussen said that in light of the 1989 crime being committed at Lolley’s home, she felt that “Mr. Lolley presents a danger to the community at home, even under electronic monitoring.”
Crowley announced at the conclusion of the hearing he would be setting bail at $40,000 and imposing house arrest on Lolley, as well as prohibiting him from having contact with children under the age of 18.
“I consider that a mortgage-type of bail, because what I’m looking at is a guy of a certain age who’s looking at a substantial amount of time in prison if he’s convicted,” Crowley explained.
Lolley’s next court date is scheduled for Wednesday March 12, at 11 a.m., for a possible entry of plea.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge