November 27, 2008

Leonardo Ramirez Lozano charged with molestation

November 27, 2008

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City Herald

Bail is set at $200,000 for a 28-year-old Kennewick, Wash., man charged with repeatedly molesting two grade-school girls while watching pornographic movies.

Leonardo Ramirez Lozano pleaded innocent Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree child rape.

Lozano, when asked by the judge if he's aware of the charges, said through an interpreter that he is innocent.

But prosecutors claim in court documents that after Lozano's arrest Nov. 17, he admitted to inappropriately touching the girls. His trial is Jan. 12.

Kennewick police were called last week when the sexual assaults came to light. Lozano allegedly was caught watching a porn movie with one of the girls.

Both girls told officers that Lozano had been touching them and showing porn for "a long period of time," and that he often would sexually abuse the girls together, court documents said. One girl said she was made to perform sex acts with him, documents said.

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