Burley man sentenced for lewd conduct with a child


By Jay Michaels

Burley, Idaho - Three months ago, 46 year old Gregory David Harter of Burley pled guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.

The prosecutor says Harter sexually abused a four year old boy who was a family member nine years ago, and then again in 2007.

Cassia County Prosecutor Blaine Cannon said that Harter's sexual acting out was combined with drug and substance abuse.

During Tuesday’s testimony, it was revealed that Harter was viewing pornography while he was on methamphetamine when, at least, one of the sexual abuse incidents happened.

The psychosexual evaluator testified that Harter has been responding well to group counseling.

Defense Attorney Laird Stone asked Judge Michael Crabtree to allow Harter to continue the treatment he's already begun.

In the end, Crabtree ordered Harter to pay a $5,000 civil penalty to his victim and serve at least ten years in the Idaho State Penitentiary with ten more years indeterminate.

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