Lucero Being Held Without Bail

A Vernal man has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted child sex abuse. Steven Joseph Lucero had previously pleaded guilty to Attempted Aggravated Assault and Child Abuse related to an incident on December 5th, 2015 as well as to charges related to domestic violence on December 28th, 2015 and February 5th, 2016. The new charge of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, a 1st Degree Felony, was filed on May 26th. In court last Wednesday, counsel indicated they had reached a plea agreement in the case of child sexual abuse and Lucero entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of Attempted Sex Abuse of a Child, a 3rd degree felony. Sentencing was scheduled for October 25th. Lucero will remain in custody at the Uintah County Jail until then.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.