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Former Prosser mayor enters Alford plea

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Former Prosser Mayor Linda Lusk entered an Alford plea, meaning she doesn't admit she's guilty, but prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her.

Lusk was found guilty of one count of third degree child molestation.  Two other charges were dropped.

The former mayor was accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy and exchanging semi-nude photos through text messages.  The case was filed back in June.

Benton County Prosecutor, Andy Miller, says the victim's family agreed to the deal, and now the boy will not have to testify in court.  The family did not was to comment, but Miller says they are pleased with the outcome.

"They are very happy and relived and the grandma, the mother and especially the brother were all here today and the looks on their faces were dramatically different than we've seen before, and you heard the young man's grandma saying this is one of the best days of her life," says Andy Miller, Benton County Prosecutor.

Miller recommends a 90-day sentence, but the judge could give up to one-year in jail.  The sentencing is currently set for July 8th.

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