Boise 18-year-old charged with enticing younger ‘teen’ — secretly an officer

Trystin Lee Blumenshine
Trystin Lee Blumenshine

When Trystin Lee Blumenshine arrived in the 700 block of West Overland Road on Thursday, instead of a teenage girl he found Meridian police waiting for him.

On Sept. 30, Blumenshine, 18, began corresponding with a 15-year-old girl he found on Facebook, Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said.

“It quickly became sexual in nature and he made arrangements to meet her,” Basterrechea said.

The “girl” was actually a Meridian police officer with a Facebook account used to pose as a teen, Basterrechea said.

Blumenshine was taken to the Ada County Jail, where he was charged with felony enticing children through the internet, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was scheduled to be arraigned in Ada County Magistrate Court on Friday afternoon.

Over the summer, Blumenshine was arrested in a separate incident for allegedly providing shelter to runaway children and for underage consumption of alcohol.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges and is scheduled to appear Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court. Such a hearing determines if a case will move on to district court and a full trial.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell