Friends knew of teenager's alleged affair with ex-mayor

KENNEWICK - The relationship between the former Prosser mayor and a 14-year-old boy that allegedly culminated in a sexual encounter at the woman's home in April remained a secret known only to a group of Prosser High School students for a month.

But once the boy’s coach learned May 31 that the freshman athlete had bragged to fellow team members about the encounter with Linda Lusk, detectives quickly investigated the case.

Benton County sheriff’s detectives’ investigative reports obtained by the Herald this week say the boy played along with sexting initiated by Lusk, 49, going with her behind locked doors at her home April 27, two blocks from the high school.

Witnesses told detectives the boy had told them Lusk allegedly removed his clothing and performed a sex act with him in a bedroom during the school lunch hour.

Detectives learned from others on the sports team that the boy started telling friends that same day about his meeting with the wife of the high school principal, Kevin Lusk.

Police records indicate Kevin Lusk had a vague admission from his wife a week before that interview but he didn’t know any details.

The teen apparently had told as many as a dozen teammates and friends as the relationship allegedly continued through text messages and explicit cell phone photos reportedly provided at the boy’s request. A half-dozen teen boys told detectives the boy shared the photos.

One boy’s father, who is a Washington State Patrol trooper, told Prosser police the story his son told him. The police asked the Benton County sheriff to take over the investigation.

Linda Lusk was charged with felony third-degree child molestation June 9. She has pleaded innocent and her trial is set Sept. 27.