Oct 6, 2016

Jury trial for Miranda man charged with 13 counts including torture, human trafficking and forcible rape confirmed



A trial confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thomas Lusk this afternoon. The jury trial will proceed as scheduled.

Subpoenaed records fromthe Jerod Phelps community center were given to Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads, who will provide copies to the defense.

The trial estimate is 3-4 weeks. Trial assignment is on October 14.

He is the Miranda man charged with 13 counts include torture, human trafficking, forcible rape, sexual penetration, assault and forcible oral copulation


Aug 27, 2016


Thomas Lusk found mentally competent and criminal proceedings have been reinstated; jury trial scheduled for October 17



On August 25, after Dr. Ramirez found "defendant is mentally competent", criminal proceedings were reinstated.

Trial confirmation is on for October 6 at 2 p.m. Jury trial is scheduled for October 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting the case. Conflict Counsel's Mr. Greg Elvine-Kreis is representing Lusk.



Aug 5, 2016


Criminal proceedings suspended for Thomas Lusk who was charged with alleged torture, rape and forcible copulation




Trial Confirmation was scheduled for August 4 for Thomas Lusk. Instead criminal proceedings suspended because Lusk's attorney declared doubt regarding his mental capacity.

Dr. Ramirez has been ordered to evaluate Lusk.  A report is expected on 8/25.


Jun 26, 2016


Thomas Lusk arraigned for jury trial, 13 counts include torture, human trafficking, forcible rape, sexual penetration, assault and forcible oral copulation

Thomas Lusk was arraigned on 6/23 for the jury trial in the 2016 case against him.

Lusk had another preliminary hearing for the 2015 case and was held to answer on all counts. That case was dismissed after the preliminary hearing.

He was arraigned on the 2016 case  for the following charges.



Count 1 Forcible Rape with two special allegations: Torture;  Using a dangerous or deadly weapon, a screw driver and a broom handle and administering a non-prescribed substance, meth.

Count 2 Forcible Oral Copulation with three special allegations: Personally inflicting great bodily injury; Defendant inflicting great bodily injury and Using a dangerous or deadly weapon, a screw driver and a broom handle and administering a non-prescribed substance, meth.

Count 3 Forcible Oral Copulation with three special allegations: Personally inflicting great bodily injury; Defendant inflicting great bodily injury and Using a dangerous or deadly weapon, a screw driver and a broom handle and administering a non-prescribed substance, meth.

Count 4 Forcible Oral Copulation with three special allegations: Personally inflicting great bodily injury; Defendant inflicting great bodily injury and Using a dangerous or deadly weapon, a screw driver and a broom handle and administering a non-prescribed substance, meth.

Count 5 Human Trafficking with the special allegation: infliction of great bodily injury 

Count 6 Sexual Penetration by a foreign object

Counts 7, 8 and 9 Forcible Oral Copulation

Count 10 Torture

Count 11 Assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury with with the special allegation: infliction of great bodily injury 

Each crime Counts 1-4 and Counts 6-9 involved the same victim on separate occasions.

Count 12 and 13 were added.

Count 12 Human Trafficking

Count 13 Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Offense with a special allegation of a Prior Serious Felony Conviction

Trial Confirmation is on August 4. Jury trial is scheduled for August 15.

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