Plea Deal Documents in Linda Lusk Case

Plea Deal Documents in Linda Lusk Case

BENTON COUNTY -- KEPR Action News is continuing to follow the Linda Lusk case, after her surprising guilty plea on Friday. Lusk was first accused of sexual contact with a 14 year old boy in the spring of 2010. When the former Prosser Mayor pleaded guilty to child molestation, she did so under an alford plea. It essentially means Lusk acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction, but still maintains her innocence. But Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller says she still technically admitted her guilt, because when Lusk pleaded guilty, she also signed an official court statement affirming the statements she made to detectives during the initial investigation were true. For example, the original court document states, "Ms. Lusk said she touched the erect penis of {the victim} while he was at her house during the lunch hour. Ms. Lusk said he had come by to have her sign a community service form. Ms. Lusk said this was not a planned event. She said the instant she touched his penis, she knew what she was doing was wrong, and became upset with herself and left the room." Documents also show Lusk admitting to sending pictures of herself wearing only a bra to the teen's cell phone. It was these explicit acts Miller says the victim's family wanted to be made public. "I think it was important for us because I do know what a difficult time this has been for the 14 year old, and how long this has gone on for him," says Miller. "And so we wanted to make sure there was no dispute or doubt as to what he originally said. We felt we owed it to him." On the Monday following Lusk's guilty plea, the Superintent of Educational Service District 123 Bruce Hawkins told Action News the Prosser School District did everything right when it came to reporting the incident to police. When the details first surfaced, some Prosser residents were concerned the district didn't respond quickly enough. But Hawks says, "there was no indication of wrongdoing whatsoever." Lusk is scheduled for court sentencing July 8th. The prosecutor is recommending she receive 90 days in jail with work release. However, the judge could sentence Lusk up to a year behind bars. If you'd like to read the plea paperwork yourself, it is attached here.