DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The convictions of two men accused of abusing children in a mobile home park have been affirmed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court upheld three counts of 2nd degree sexual abuse against Melvin Lucier, who was already sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing several children in other cases. In a statement released Nov. 23, 2016, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said the convictions were pursued to “seek justice on behalf of each victim” and ensure that Lucier will not have access to children.
Lucier and Thomas Jenkins were convicted of abusing the children they were caring for at the Patriot Mobile Home Park in 2014. Jenkins’ 50 year sentence for two counts of 2nd degree sexual abuse was also affirmed in a separate opinion. The mothers of the children were also charged with child endangerment for allowing their children to stay with known sex offenders. In all, 10 people were charged, with nine sentenced to prison. One was ruled incompetent to stand trial.