Pasco man held on bail on allegations he molested teen girl

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldNovember 7, 2012 

A 22-year-old Pasco man is being held on $25,000 bail on allegations he molested a young teen girl while she slept and videotaped it to later watch on his computer.

Rogelio Lopez is in the Franklin County jail on suspicion of third-degree child molestation and possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, both felonies.

He appeared Monday in Franklin County Superior Court and Judge Vic VanderSchoor found probable cause to hold Lopez.

Prosecutors have until Thursday afternoon to charge Lopez or release him from jail. If charges are filed, he will return to court Nov. 13 to enter a plea.

According to court documents, a relative in late August was using Lopez's computer when they discovered two videos that appeared to show Lopez inappropriately touching a naked girl while she was sleeping.

The videos included date stamps from September 2011, documents said.

Pasco police were contacted and, after getting a search warrant, detectives sent Lopez's computer to the Walla Walla Police Department for a forensic search. The analysis, done in October, showed the two videos in addition to four other depictions of child pornography, court documents said.

Lopez agreed to meet with investigators Monday afternoon and allegedly admitted to taking the video of himself molesting the girl for his sexual gratification. Lopez said he used an old phone to shoot the video, later transferred it to his computer, and watched the video several other times, documents said.

He also allegedly told police that his computer contained other depictions of children engaged in sexual activity.

Woman gets jail time for padding payroll hours

An administrative assistant at a large Franklin County apple producer was sentenced to 30 days in jail for padding another employee's payroll hours so they could share in the excess payments.

Noemi Aguilar, 45, was told she can serve her jail time on a state Department of Corrections work crew. She must report by Nov. 14.

The Pasco woman had no known felony criminal history before her guilty plea last week to one count of first-degree theft.

Court documents show that Aguilar -- whose job included entering timecards into a payroll database -- had been putting in fictitious times worked for a Jose Salas Valladares from February into July.

Franklin County sheriff's deputies were notified July 12 about the employee theft at the Foster Wells Road plant.

In an interview with Deputy Travis Rogers, Aguilar admitted creating the false records for payment and said she was splitting the proceeds with Valladares, documents said.

Aguilar must repay $9,803 to the Wenatchee-based Stemilt Growers.

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