Settlement reached in Fawnbrook juvenile sexual assault case
Three juveniles pleaded guilty in the sexually assault case of a 5-year-old Twin Falls girl.
The Twin Falls County Prosecutor's Office issued a press release Tuesday in the high-profile case of 5-year-old girl who was assaulted by three other juveniles in June 2016 at Fawnbrook Apartment complex in Twin Falls. The prosecutor’s office said the case has been resolved.
According to a news release, the family and attorney of the family of the 5-year-old victim approved the settlements reached in each of the three cases.
Defendant No. 1 pleaded guilty to felony sexual exploitation of a child and misdemeanor battery. Defendant No. 2 pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting felony lewd conduct and aiding and abetting misdemeanor battery. Defendant No. 3 pleaded guilty to the charge of accessory to the commission of a felony.
Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs declined to comment on camera, but did give KMVT Local 11 News a comment over the phone.
“I am pleased we resolved this case and received a result which was approved and agreed upon by the victim’s family and attorney," Loebs said. “This continues to be serious and sad case, but this is a proper resolution.”
Mark Guerry, the attorney for the family of the victim couldn't initially be reached by phone for comment, but later provided this statement:
"For the record we did in fact approve the resolution of the criminal juvenile plea agreements. That should not be construed to mean the parents of the little 5-year-old victim are completely and fully satisfied with the outcome of the cases. The parents did however, wish to finally see some kind of resolution of these cases which have languished in the courts since June, 2016. Furthermore, the truth of the matter is nothing will ever restore the lost innocence and vanished happiness of this little 5-year-old girl who was viciously sexually assaulted."
A community member who babysits in the apartment complex and didn't want to be identified told KMVT she hopes for a harsh sentencing for the juveniles.
"Honestly if it were my daughter that that happened to, I would hope that they lived in prison because no family should have to worry about if that's going to happen again. No family should have to worry 'oh we're going to go do our laundry' or letting their child play outside because there's a playground here. Should that be a worry for parents? Communities are supposed to work together to raise children."
Sentencing dates will be held a later time.
KMVT will have more information when it becomes available.