Brother of mall attacker pleads guilty to possessing child porn

kterhune@idahostatesman.comNovember 26, 2013 

— Richard Scott Macho, 29, entered a guilty plea Monday to two felony counts of possessing sexually exploitative materials depicting children.

He was originally charged with five counts of possessing child pornography after his Aug. 7 arrest. Boise police served a search warrant at his Rimwood Drive home after the Idaho Crimes Against Children Task Force learned that illegal images were being downloaded to a computer at that address.

At Macho’s Aug. 13 arraignment, a judge banned him from having any contact with children, or from being alone with his own two young sons. Macho protested at the arraignment that he would never do anything to hurt his children. Police say none of the minors depicted in the images are local children.

Macho accepted a plea deal that reduced the five counts to two. He admitted to Judge Thomas Neville Monday that he had downloaded the illegal images.

“The items are on my computer, and I have to take responsibility for the fact I own the computer,” he said. “I’m responsible for it.”

Neville pressed the issue.

“Are you suggesting someone else put them on your computer? “ he asked.

“No sir,” Macho said.

“You knew they were on your computer, and you viewed them on your computer, is that correct?” the judge asked.

“Yes sir,” Macho said.

Macho faces up to 10 years in prison for each count of possessing sexually exploitative material. He is set to be sentenced Feb. 3.

Prosecutors plan to recommend a 20-year sentence with three years fixed, Deputy Prosecutor John Dinger said. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to drop a destruction or concealment of evidence charge stemming from a separate case. Police allege Macho helped hide his brother and alter the appearance of his truck after Greggory Macho attacked two women in the Boise Towne Square Mall parking lot May 14.

Greggory Macho pleaded guilty Oct. 9 to aggravated assault, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and destruction of evidence. Prosecutors say he tried to sexually assault one woman before running over another who came to her aid. He is set to be sentenced Dec. 20.

Greggory Macho’s wife, Jessica Macho, is also accused with concealment or destruction of evidence, and is set for trial Dec. 16.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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