This “chapter” produced 4 trials for me, personally. The last one is finally done.
Sex offender Melvin T. Lucier heard the word he’s heard three times before in a Scott County courtroom: Guilty.
A Scott County jury deliberated nearly 20 minutes Wednesday before finding the 55-year-old guilty of one count of third-degree sex abuse for abusing a then 12 or 13 year old boy in 2011 or 2012.
More than two hours later, Scott County District Court Judge Joel Barrows sentenced him to up to 25 years in prison, which will be served back-to-back with multiple life sentences for sexually abusing three girls
“How does sex abuse occur?” he asked jurors. “There were two people in that room, Melvin Lucier and (the victim). This was not on video, this was not done in front of other witnesses who can come in and testify. This is a case of a child, a 13-year-old boy who was lured to a trap by pop, candy and video games. Alone.”
Defense attorney Michael Motto argued that an accusation without other evidence is simply not enough to prove his client guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Previously this week:
Terrible things happened at Lot 19.
We already knew that.
From a 5-year-old girl to a pre-teen boy, no child was safe inside the trailer on Lot 19 at the Patriot Mobile Home Park in west Davenport. Melvin Lucier was a seasoned child sex offender who found his way onto Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry long before he found himself a place at Patriot.