Brother of mall attack suspect arraigned on child porn charges

kterhune@idahostatesman.comAugust 13, 2013 

— A judge ordered Richard Macho to have only limited contact with children during his Tuesday court appearance. Macho was charged with five felony counts of possessing sexually exploitative materials after the Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force reportedly found illegal images depicting minors on his computer.

Prosecutors asked that Macho be barred from having contact with any children, including his own, because of the nature of his crimes. Macho asked Judge Daniel Steckel not to do that.

"I love my children, I’d never do anything to hurt them," Macho said of his 8- and 12-year-old sons.

Steckel found a compromise — ordering Macho to stay away from all children, including his own, unless accompanied by another adult over the age of 21.

"You cannot be alone with your kids, under any circumstances, at any time," he told Macho.

Steckel stressed the importance of following the order: violating it could result in more charges.

"You’ve got a lot hanging over your head here," he said. "This is a big deal."

Steckel kept Macho's bond at $250,000. He bonded out Aug. 7, the day he was arrested.

The judge also said he would appoint a public defender for Macho, who appeared Tuesday without counsel. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 3.

That’s not Richard Macho's only upcoming court date: he is set to enter a plea Wednesday on destruction of evidence charges.

Police allege that he and his sister-in-law, Jessica Macho, helped his brother, Greggory Macho, alter the appearance of Greggory's truck and hide Greggory from police after a May 14 attack in the Boise Towne Square parking lot.

Greggory Macho is accused of attacking and attempting to sexually assault a woman in a car, before running over a second woman who came to her aid.

Greggory Macho faces felony counts of kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and destruction of evidence. He is also being charged with using a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, an enhancement that could add 15 years to the aggravated battery sentence. He will also enter a plea Wednesday.

Police said that Richard Macho's sexual exploitation charges do not have any connection to the mall attack case, and none of the victims appear to be local children.

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