Crime

Ex-Prosser mayor's molestation trial set for January

KENNEWICK — Linda Lusk's trial for third-degree child molestation has been postponed until January.

Benton County Superior Court Judge Carrie Runge reset the date for the trial of the former Prosser mayor from Nov. 15 at the request of her attorney. Lusk was in court Wednesday with her husband.

Attorney Scott Johnson said the defense had not had enough time to finish interviewing witnesses in preparation for the trial, and it would be best to reschedule it past the holiday season.

Lusk, 49, faces a felony charge for allegedly inviting a 14-year-old Prosser High School boy to her home in late April for a brief sexual encounter.

Lusk allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages to the boy, leading to the inappropriate sexual contact in April.

The boy is not being identified by the Herald under a policy not to publish the names of those who report sexual crimes.

The alleged activity occurred following classes on a school day at Lusk's home, which is within walking distance of the high school where her husband is principal.

Johnson said he has been talking with Prosecutor Andy Miller, but it appears the case is heading to trial.

Miller did not oppose a Jan. 24 trial date but said the boy's family preferred it would be in early or mid-December.

"If it is Jan. 24, it should be a firm date," Miller said.

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