Las Vegas Fire captain appears in court for the first time; bail set at $25k
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The Las Vegas Fire and Rescue captain accused of paying a minor to have sex with him at the fire station faced a judge for the first time today on the allegations.
In handcuffs and a blue jumpsuit, Capt. Richard Loughry was walked into his hearing Thursday morning by armed guards. The 46-year-old was arrested Monday by a regional human trafficking task force.
Loughry has been behind bars, on no bail, for the last three days. That all changed in court Thursday. Judge Cynthia Cruz set his bail at $25,000. If he bails out, he'll go on house arrest.
Police say Loughry found the 15-year-old through an online sex ad and paid $300 to have sex with her.
Loughry’s attorney, Craig Hendricks, declined to comment on the allegations but did speak out in court.
Hendricks is arguing that Loughry had no idea the girl was underage, stating that the ad listed her age as 22. Then he went on to say that the fire captain was "duped" by "an incredible scam."
Prosecutors are countering back. Chief Deputy District Attorney Alexander Chen says the sex trafficking of minors is a known issue, adding that Loughry took the risk which is why he is now charged with several felonies and facing prosecution.
“It's a serious thing when you're talking about sex trafficking and any person who is sex trafficked, our office is going to take that very seriously,” said Chen.
In addition to his $25,000 bail, Loughry's house arrest does come with conditions. He will only be allowed to visit his lawyer or court. The judge also ordered all access to internet must be removed from his home while he is there, including the smart phones of his wife and children, who were present in court today.