Former Minico star athlete pleads not guilty to charges

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RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT,KSVT) UPDATE (6/11): High school athletic standout Lauriano “Larry” Vega, Jr. was arraigned in 5th District Court Monday and pleaded not guilty to two child sexual abuse by soliciting a minor charges and a battery charge.

In early April, Vega was arrested at Mt. Harrison High School in Heyburn by the Rupert Police Department. He was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16 years after allegedly grabbing one victim and propositioning sex to the same victim and another, court documents said. He was also placed under arrest for battery for alleged forcibly kissing and unwanted touching.

During his time at Minico High School, Vega excelled on the Spartans' athletic teams, winning numerous conference honors. In 2017, coaches voted him as the Idaho 4A Football Player of the Year, published in the Idaho Statesman. The senior produced 1,807 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.

The court set Vega's next status conference for early August. A jury trial is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 19.

INITIAL STORY (4/9):
Lauriano “Larry” Vega, Jr. was an athletic stand-out on the Minico Spartans football and basketball teams, as well as being named the 4A Great Basin Conference Football Player of the Year.

Now, he has found himself in trouble with the law.

On Thursday, April 5, Vega was arrested at his school in Heyburn by the Rupert Police Department. He was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16 years for allegedly grabbing one victim and propositioning sex to the same victim and another, court documents say. He was also placed under arrest for battery for alleged forcibly kissing and unwanted touching.

Vega has not attended Minico High School since around the beginning of 2018, according to the school's athletic director.

There are three victims listed on the affidavit, one is 18 years or older, the other two girls are 13 and 14 years old.

At the time of the arrest Vega was wearing a GPS ankle monitoring device related to a separate ongoing sexual abuse case in juvenile court.

Protection orders were recommended by the arresting officer between Vega and the three victims, as well as high bond “due to his willingness to continue his behavior while being adjudicated for similar offense in juvenile court, while under GPS monitoring.”

Vega’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 18.

An earlier story said Vega was arrested at Minico High School, court documents say he was arrested at his school in Heyburn.



 
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