Lujan waives preliminary hearing

By Mary O. Esparza -

On April 19, a criminal warrant was issued for 33-year-old Richard Israel Lujan on the anticipated charge of lewd molestation. Tuesday he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is scheduled to return to Jackson County court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3 for a formal arraignment.

According to an affidavit, the accused incident happened at the intersection of County Road 165 and Stinking Creek, between County roads 209 and 210 in Jackson County, during a fishing outing.

The defendant allegedly admitted that he touched and fondled the victim on one occasion, at that location about two years ago. The defendant also allegedly admitted in the interview that he was attracted to young males of about the same age that he was when he was molested. Lujan also admitted that he had molested a relative of his when he was 17 years old and as a result of that incident was sent to Southwest Behavioral Center.

Despite Lujan’s denial of any other molestation incidents with the victim, the victim recalled other incidents had taken place that included Lujan allegedly making the victim watch a pornographic video. The defendant agreed to show the location where the molestation of the victim had taken place, and after the interview, the defendant and investigator rode to the location.

Special District Judge Brad Leverett set the defendant’s initial bond at $50,000, but it was later lowered to $35,000 with bond conditions.

The defendant’s attorney is David Kanehl of Duncan.

By Mary O. Esparza

Reach Mary O. Esparza, 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza, 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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