Crime

Nearly 3 decades ago, he beat an infant to death. Now he’s accused of molesting a girl

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.

Lopez, Jose

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.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.
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