Protection orders denied in former Prosser mayor case

KENNEWICK -- Requests were denied Friday for protection orders against a former Prosser mayor accused of having sexual contact with a teen boy.

Linda Lusk was in Benton County Superior Court for a hearing on the orders after the boy's parents filed requests for restraining orders against Lusk for their son and themselves.

Temporary orders were issued against Lusk on June 8, a day before the 49-year-old was charged by prosecutors with third-degree child molestation.

But neither the teen nor his parents showed up for Friday's court hearing, so Judge Carrie Runge denied the requests.

"It's frustrating," said Scott Johnson, Lusk's attorney.

He said they had waited in court all morning for hearings on orders the teen's family requested and they didn't even show.

Johnson asked the judge to require the teen's family to pay for his attorney fees for the hearing.

Runge reserved making a ruling on the attorney fees but said Johnson could submit his costs to the court and the issue will be reviewed.

On Thursday, Lusk was in the same courtroom and pleaded innocent to the felony molestation charge. She also was ordered to have no contact with the teen while the criminal case proceeds.

She is accused of exchanging sexually explicit text messages with the boy, who is a student at Prosser High School, and having sexual contact with him when he went to her house on an early-release day from school.

Her trial is set for Aug. 23.

-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com