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Preliminary hearing for fire chief accused of molestation

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VISTA (CBS 8/CNS) - Testimony got under way Thursday in a preliminary hearing for a Barona Fire Protection District captain accused of molesting a teenage boy over a two-year period.

Raul Licon Jr., 38, of San Marcos is charged with six felony counts, including committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15, sodomy on a person under 18 and oral copulation of a person under 18. He faces a maximum six years and four months in prison if convicted.

Vista Superior Court Judge Harry Elias will continue hearing testimony on Aug. 10.

The accuser is a relative of Licon's. Now 17, he claims the first incident happened in a swimming pool back when he was 14 years old. As it continued over time, he says he was scared to tell anyone, fearing it would break their family apart. He also told the court he once used his cell phone to take a picture of Licon orally copulating him, but later deleted it.

The teen alleges Licon molested him on several occasions, both at Licon's San Marcos home and during family vacations. He says he finally came forward about the allegations after he started cutting himself and having suicidal thoughts.

At Licon's arraignment in March, his attorney, Rick Layon, alleged the teenager became disgruntled after getting into an argument with the defendant.

During cross examination Thursday, Layon tried to discredit the accuser, saying his story has changed several times.

"The original story didn't make sense, the new story... it appears he's trying to backfill to make the story more plausible," Layon said.

Licon posted $250,000 bail and is out of custody. He has been suspended without pay from his job in Lakeside pending the outcome of the case, according to a spokeswoman for the Barona Indian tribe.

At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, the judge will decide whether the evidence presented warrants ordering Licon to stand trial.

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