Former Mayor wants police statements excluded as evidence
PASCO, WA-The attorney for the former mayor of Prosser wants statements made to detectives thrown out of court. Linda Lusk is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy.
Defense attorney Scott Johnson says Lusk agreed to speak with detectives believing the prosecutor would reduce the child molestation charges to assault. But Andy Miller says in the emails between he and Johnson he never agreed to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor.
In court Monday, the judge heard details of a plea agreement that unraveled when the defense and prosecution disagreed on Miller's written insistence that Lusk "accept responsibility." Johnson says he and Lusk never agreed to plead guilty to the molestation charges.
Also in court on Monday, the judge reminded Lusk she is under a court order not to have any contact with the alleged victim.
Last month Lusk included the boy in a group email to her contacts that her cell phone number had changed. She later sent the boy a separate email apologizing. Her attorney says including the boy in the group email was inadvertent.