WSU employee pleads not guilty to molesting teen

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 7:12 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- A former Washington State University employee Jud Preece pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he molested a 13 year old girl.

According to court documents, the victim said Preece, 50, touched her inappropriately and then later cried when police asked him about the allegations.

Preece worked as Senior Membership Director at the Washington State University Alumni Association.  The University put him on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Court documents said the teen ended up alone with Preece following a birthday dinner after others she was with left. Then, Preece drove the girl back to his house where she said she felt uncomfortable.

Charging documents said Preece touched the girl sexually and asked her “how it felt” while they watched T.V. on the couch. She said she did not say anything to him because she was scared.

Court documents said at one point, he asked her if she wanted him to change into his Speedo. The teen told authorities Preece tried to convince her to spend the night in his bed and he kissed her on the lips.
The affidavit said the girl texted her friend about what was going on and someone picked her up.

Court papers said Preece told authorities he accidentally touched the teen and he gave her a quick peck. Preece reportedly cried during the interview with police.

The judge set his bond at $25,000. The case is scheduled to go to trial early next year.

 

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