Rangely couple’s son suspected of sexual abuse

A Rangely-area man who earlier this week killed his wife and then himself had just found out his son had been arrested in Utah on suspicion of sexual abuse of a child.

Rio Blanco County Undersheriff Michael Joos on Wednesday said that Carlos “Charlie” Graham Sr., 68, shot his wife Lucille, 64, with a shotgun and then shot himself. On Thursday, Vernal, Utah, police said in a news release that Graham’s son, Carlos Jr., 44, of Vernal, was arrested on suspicion of having sexually abused a female child.

The son is in Uintah County Jail in lieu of a $175,000 bond.

Carlos Sr. left no suicide note, and Joos said Thursday that investigators haven’t found a clear motive. However, he has said the son’s arrest and Lucille’s failing health are both possible factors. Lucille had been suffering from emphysema.

The Grahams were found dead Tuesday at their home on County Road 102 outside Rangely.

Both had shotgun wounds to the head.

Joos said Graham shot his wife while she was asleep in bed, then sat down on the bed and shot himself. The weapon was found with his body.

Police are awaiting test results regarding fingerprints on the gun, and results from toxicology tests on Graham are pending.

The shooting occurred after the couple had been on the phone with family members as late as 9 p.m. Monday night, having learned that evening about the arrest of their son.

Carlos Jr. will be charged with six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and one count of rape of a child, Vernal police said. They said they first received information about allegations against Carlos Jr. on Sept. 9.

The victim told police Graham began abusing her several years ago. The actions first involved simple touching, but progressed over the years into sexual abuse, police say. The most recent incident allegedly occurred in August.


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