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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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge