OTTUMWA — A Wapello County man charged with multiple sex offenses was found not guilty by jurors.
Richard Lunsford was charged in February with abusing a young girl. The most serious charge he faced was second degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony that carries up to 25 years in prison. He also faced a pair of Class D felonies, which carried the potential for five years’ prison time apiece.
Lunsford pleaded not guilty and demanded a speedy trial. Jurors returned not guilty verdicts on each of the three charges, just four months after the original criminal complaint was filed.
In other area cases:
David Wemer’s travel request was denied by the court. Wemer has reached a plea bargain on charges of second degree sexual abuse. A hearing for his plea and sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 12.
Wemer’s attorney had sought the court’s approval for him to travel on a planned vacation, giving the court information about his flight, hotel, and noting Wemer would wear an electronic monitoring device at all times. The court’s rejection found that insufficient: “While the Defendant is equipped with GPS, there is not a way to monitor his contact with minors out of state.”
Trial for Christopher Williams, who faces charges including sexual abuse, lascivious acts with a child and child endangerment, was pushed back to December. Williams’ trial had been scheduled to begin this month.
Filings show the remaining lawsuit involving the city and former police officer Mark Milligan is pending before the Iowa Supreme Court, and will likely be scheduled for the court’s 2019-2020 term.