Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said Monday that a 34-year-old Nampa man has been sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison for the felony crime of lewd conduct with a minor under 16.
Joseph Howard Brown would serve a maximum of 25 years under the sentence. The state had sought 10 years, up to life.
Brown was arrested this past March after Nampa police investigators determined that he was having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old-girl. Police said Brown a business associate of the victims stepfather as well as a close friend used his relationship with the girl's parents to groom her for more than a year.
Brown bought the girl expensive gifts, police said, including an engagement ring. Brown told detectives he intended to marry the girl when she turned 18.
Brown admitted to having sex with the girl on numerous occasions at hotels in the Treasure Valley, and he videotaped their sexual acts.
Brown was also ordered to register as a sex offender, pay the victim a $5,000 civil penalty and have no contact with the victim or the victims family for a period of 25 years.
This is a classic example of the grooming tendencies you see in these types of cases involving an underage victim, Taylor said. Mr. Brown knew his actions were wrong, yet he continued them for close to a year. He deserves to be behind bars for a long time.