A Benton City man is being held on $50,000 bail for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a preteen girl.
William R. Short, 71, is accused of sexually abusing the girl sometime between July 2008 and May 21, 2012.
Short pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to second-degree rape of a child and third-degree rape of a child. Both charges include aggravating circumstances alleging that Short abused a position of trust.
His trial was set for July 2, but that likely will be changed because of a scheduling conflict with the lawyers.
Short was arrested by Benton County sheriff's detectives after the girl told a school counselor what was happening, court documents said.
The girl reported that Short did "sexual things" to her and showed her "nasty sex videos" on a laptop, documents said.
Officers searched a boat on Short's property where the sexual contact allegedly occurred and seized evidence, documents said.
Man faces July 2 trial on abuse, drug charges
A 43-year-old man is facing a July 2 trial on accusations that he provided drugs to a child and sexually abused a young girl.
Shane Anthony Bales pleaded innocent to second-degree child molestation, two counts of distribution of a controlled substance to a person under 18, and one gross misdemeanor count of violating a post-conviction protection order.
Bales, whose bail was increased during the court hearing to $75,000 cash only, hired defense attorney Peyman Younesi.
According to court documents, Bales sexually assaulted a preteen girl sometime between May 8 and 12.
Bales reportedly said he was sorry, begged her not to tell and said he would kill himself if she told anyone, documents said.
The girl broke down while at school and told a friend what happened. The friend's parents called police, documents said.
Kennewick man pleads innocent to drug charge
A 28-year-old Kennewick man has pleaded innocent to allegations he had drugs in his home when corrections officials stopped by to check on him.
Gerardo Guizar has a July 23 trial date for possession with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine and one count each for possession of hydrocodone and marijuana.
Court documents show that officers with the state Department of Corrections conducted a home visit May 23. That's when Guizar was allegedly found with "a large amount" of marijuana and more than 100 grams of methamphetamine.
Kennewick police were called and got a search warrant to seize the drugs, court documents said. They also found hydrocodone pills in an unmarked bottle, a working digital scale, packaging material and $120 in cash, documents said.
In an interview with officers after his arrest, Guizar claimed he owned the drugs and the gym bag in which they were found, documents said.
Guizar is in jail on $50,000 bail.