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Newly freed killer caught molesting young girl, Pasco PD says

PASCO, Wash. -- A Tri-Cities man who just finished serving a lengthy sentence for a homicide conviction in the early 1990s is accused of molesting a young child shortly after getting out of prison, authorities say.  

Jose Rene Lopez, 51, was found guilty of first-degree murder and homicide by abuse in 1992. He was released from prison earlier this year, according to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. 

On Monday, Pasco police said they arrested Lopez in Kennewick after he was caught on a home surveillance camera sexually abusing a 5-year-old relative while staying with family. 

The prosecutor’s office says Lopez has been charged with first-degree molestation. He’s currently being held at the Franklin County Jail on $1 million bond. 
 


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