Bench Warrant Issued For John Turner For Alleged Crimes Against Child

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A bench warrant has been issued by Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados for a former Los Alamos resident after he failed to appear in Court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

John Turner, 48, now lives in Vancouver, Wash., and is charged with three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13, by causing the child to allegedly touch him inappropriately when she was 12 years old.

Los Alamos Police Department records indicate that in 2015, a young woman came to the Department and reported that she was sexually abused as a child when she was frequently left alone with a man while her mother worked. When the mother was contacted she told police she had just found out about the alleged abuse and supplied information about Turner.

In 2016, LAPD had the young woman make a pretext call to Turner in an effort to have him discuss the alleged abuse with her. During the call police records indicate that Turner did not admit to sexual encounters but admitted to being nude in the apartment. Two conversations were held with Turner that day according to police reports and ended with Turner telling the young woman to call him or have her mother call him. Subsequent calls to the same number were not answered.

The criminal complaint was filed March 19 by First Judicial District Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist and a criminal summons was issued for him to appear Friday in Court.

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