Courts & Crime

Man accused of sex acts on dying woman

A 51-year-old San Luis Obispo man is being tried for alleged sex acts with his girlfriend while she was unconscious and dying from cancer.

James Wayne Leach has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include annoying or molesting a child under 18 for allegedly taking photos that included young, naked children on local beaches.

Leach was in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing in Judge Michael Duffy’s courtroom.

The Tribune is not naming the woman because she was the alleged victim of a sex crime.

The woman died at age 51 in June 2009, but before her death, prosecutors say, Leach took photos of her private parts, including one in which he’s touching her sexually.

At the time, Leach was acting as his girlfriend’s caregiver, according to investigators.

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