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One charge dismissed, another advances

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

An indecent liberties charge filed against a Fairlawn man was dismissed Wednesday in Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, but a second charge advanced to a grand jury.

A single count of aggravated sexual battery of a child under the age of 13 was certified to the grand jury during a preliminary hearing for Lawrence Willis “Larry” Musick, 61. The grand jury will determine whether enough evidence exists to forward the case to the circuit court level for trial.

According to police, the incident for which Musick is charged is alleged to have occurred earlier this year. The identity of the alleged victim is not being released due to the nature of the charge and the child’s age.

During an earlier bond hearing, Musick denied the accusation against him.

Defense attorney, Everett Shockley, said the accuser told police during one interview that the incident “may have been a dream.” He contends the accusation is the result of a “vendetta” by the child’s mother.

The child alleges Musick touched him inappropriately and made him touch Musick inappropriately while he had been left in the defendant’s care, according to Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor. He acknowledged the child told police it might have been a dream during one interview; however, in another interview the child was “sure it happened.”

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