Arion Diaz, 41, was sentenced Thursday for five felonies involving children younger than 16, including lewd conduct, sexual abuse and aiding and abetting lewd conduct.
He must serve at least 15 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole, 3rd District Judge Christopher Nye ruled. Nye also ordered Diaz to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 to each victim.
“There is no court in the world that is equipped to right this wrong," Nye said during the sentencing hearing. "All I can do is sentence you as appropriate.”
Diaz was indicted by a grand jury in July 2015 after investigators alleged he had been sexually abusing six children, ages 8 to 14, at his home in Nampa over a period of several years beginning in October 2010. Police say Diaz used his position of trust to groom and manipulate them into performing sexual acts on him and each other. Police say Diaz also forced some of the victims to watch pornography with him, and would threaten and blackmail them in an effort to keep them from disclosing the abuse to law enforcement.
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“This is one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse that I’ve come across during my time as a prosecutor,” Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin said. “Mr. Diaz selfishly stole the innocence of these six young children for his own sexual desires, and they will have to live with those scars for the rest of their lives.”