Bob McPhail 5:30 p.m., May 25
Man accused of abuse pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor
Jury had favored acquittal for Raul Licon Jr.
Raul Licon Jr., a California firefighter accused of molesting a boy in his care, made a plea deal and pleaded guilty to one “unreasonable noise” misdemeanor, on July 25, 2013.
The week before, on July 19, a mistrial was declared when a jury could not come to unanimous decision on the six felonies charged against Licon. The jury of 5 men and 7 women deadlocked after the two-week trial, they concluded on a vote of eleven-to-one in favor of not-guilty.
Privately retained defense attorney Richard Layon said immediately afterwards that he hoped the trial judge would dismiss all six felony sex-abuse charges.
But instead, this past week defendant Raul Licon Jr. pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor.
“Mr. Licon pleaded guilty to an amended count seven of penal code section 415(2) as a misdemeanor,” according to prosecutor Matt Greco. This California penal code reads as: Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise. This is sometimes referred to as “disturbing the peace.”
Licon, who has been under a cloud of suspicion for more than a year, was immediately sentenced to time already served – that being the one day he was arrested in March of 2012, according to the prosecutor.
Raul Licon Jr. will also be on probation one year, according to the deputy district attorney.
Defense attorney Richard Layon had said in a previous phone interview that his client is “looking for some closure.”
The accuser, who is now 18 years old, was the first witness during trial. He claimed that he was repeatedly sexually molested in Licon’s home, starting in 2009, when the alleged victim was fourteen.
Raul Licon Jr., now 39, was arrested in March 2012; he immediately posted $250,000 bond and has been at liberty since.
The accused man was vigorously defended by privately counsel. Attorney Richard Layon aggressively challenged the accuser’s credibility, suggesting he was a troubled teen who resented household chores and created confrontations over his loud music.
The plea deal was accepted by Honorable Judge Richard Mills, who also pronounced sentence in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse on July 25, 2013.
(Judge Mills denied requests to photograph during trial, and the photos are from a previous hearing.)
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