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Man faces third sexual assault charge

Aug 21, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

The Lander man who already faced two first-degree sexual assault charges now faces a third. Lander Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Denhardt bound over the new felony charge against Lauro "Larry" Alcaraz Jr., 50, on July 3.

Denhardt imposed a $100,000 cash bond for the new charge, adding to Alcaraz's $300,000 cash or surety bond from the first two counts.

Each count carries a penalty of five to 50 years in prison.

The new charge alleges Alcaraz inflicted sexual intrusion on and submission of the victim.

In an affidavit supporting the recent charge, Lander Police Department detective Randy Lutterman said a victim wrote a letter explaining that Alcaraz had molested the letter writer, and the detective conducted interviews to follow up. Identifying details of the alleged victim -- including name, date of birth and pronouns -- were redacted from the charging documents as is common in sexual assault cases.

The affidavit gives graphic descriptions of several incidents when Alcaraz is alleged to have raped the victim in the summer of 1986 when the victim was a teenager. The alleged victim also told Lutterman that Alcaraz threatened to hurt the victim and the victim's family if the teen told anyone.

An arraignment date has yet to be set for Alcaraz's latest charge.

Previous charges

The first two charges arose from incidents that allegedly took place in 1999.

At a hearing May 3, Denhardt found no probable cause to bind over seven other first-degree sexual assault charges from other incidents in 1999 and 2004.

Lutterman's affidavit related to those charges is based on interviews with two more victims. In it, the detective said Alacraz raped the two individuals repeatedly when one was a preteen and the other was a teenager.

Both are related to Alacraz, according to the affidavit. The two alleged victims also told the detective the Alacraz threatened to kill them if they told anyone, similar to the third alleged victim's account.

Alacraz faces trial Nov. 4 for the first two felony counts.

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