Saturday, January 4, 2014
Local business owner Kenneth Gordon Lolley is facing more child sexual abuse charges after an investigation determined he may have inappropriately touched the private parts of another underage girl.
Lolley, 73, of Hood River, was charged by information with nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse in Hood River County Circuit Court Dec. 19. According to court documents, Lolley, who owns KV Pottery Studio on Tucker Road, is accused of eight instances of touching the genitals of girl less than 14 years old and one instance of touching her breasts. Documents show the touching allegedly occurred multiple times throughout the period of March to September 2013.
With the new charges, Lolley is now facing 14 counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Lolley was originally arrested for five counts of first-degree sexual abuse on Dec. 12 after a Hood River County Sheriff’s investigation yielded two female victims between the ages of 8 and 10 who accused Lolley of similar touching. Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen reported during Lolley’s Dec. 13 arraignment that the defendant “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.”
This is not the first time Lolley has been charged with a crime of a sexual nature. In January 1989, he was arrested for two counts of public indecency after “exposing himself and masturbating” in front of two underage girls as they walked to their school bus stop, according to Rasmussen. Hood River County Circuit Court archives show Lolley pleaded guilty to one of the charges and was sentenced to three years probation, had to pay miscellaneous fines, and was subject to “100 years community service work,” although this is most certainly a typo.
Lolley, however, did not have to register as a sexual offender in 1989 — the same year Oregon started its registry. Jeff Clabaugh, manager of the Oregon State Police’s sexual offender registry, said that an act of public indecency, even involving children, did not warrant inclusion in the registry back in 1989 and still does not today.
Lolley was originally housed at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles on $200,000. The court honored a request from Rasmussen during the Dec. 19 hearing to raise Lolley’s bail to $300,000 in light of the new charges. Brian Starns, counsel for the defendant, said during a Dec. 30 status hearing on the case that he intended “in the near future” to file a formal written request for bail addressing “whether the bail as currently set is constitutional.”
The next court appearance for Lolley is scheduled to occur no later than Jan. 9.
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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