A Pasco man is accused of molesting a young child nearly 28 years after admitting to killing his girlfriend’s 1-month-old son.
Jose Rene Lopez, 51, recently finished up his 28-year sentence for first-degree murder.
At the time, he hit the baby against a door frame. The infant also had a lethal dose of cocaine in his system, according to court records.
Lopez was released in January and staying with relatives.
Now he is charged with first-degree child molestation, after he was reportedly caught on camera inappropriately touching a child who was on his lap, said Pasco police.
When officers found him, he already was seeking mental health services at the bi-county Crisis Response Unit.
Superior Court Judge Sam Swanberg agreed to set his bail at $1 million after Franklin County Deputy Prosecutor Albert Lin raised Lopez’s criminal history, according to court reports.