Crime

Caldwell man sent to prison for sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping

Harlan Kautz
Harlan Kautz Canyon County Sheriff's Office

District Judge Gene Petty sentenced on Monday a 40-year-old Caldwell man who sexually assaulted a woman while she was sleeping.

Harlan T. Kautz must serve 15 years in prison for assault with the intent to commit a serious felony for the abuse of a 23-year-old woman in January. He could be eligible for parole after six years are served.

Kautz was arrested on Jan. 6 after the woman called 911 and reported she was the victim of a rape, according to a news release from the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office. The victim told police that she had been hanging out eating pizza with her roommates and Kautz the night before.

The woman said she eventually went to bed and fell asleep around midnight. According to authorities, she woke up a short time later from what she thought was a dream and realized that Kautz was lying next to her. The woman told police that Kautz was touching and rubbing her in a sexual manner, and she never consented to it.

She then forcefully pushed Kautz off of her and told him to get out of her room. Authorities say Kautz returned to her room about 10 minutes later to apologize, at which point the victim took the drawers from her dresser and barricaded them in front of her door.

She then called her parents and the police to report the incident, and she was subsequently taken to a local hospital for a sexual assault exam.

Court records show that Kautz has multiple prior felony convictions, including a felony domestic violence conviction in 2016 in which he served prison time. He was out on parole for less than two months before being arrested for this incident.

During sentencing, Petty stated, “he has a serious issue with women … women in our society need some protection from this defendant.”

Petty ordered Kautz to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the Idaho database, and have no contact with the victim for the duration of the sentence. Kautz was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine along with court costs and a $5,000 civil penalty.

“Mr. Kautz has caused tremendous harm to the victim in this case, so much so that she moved out of the area to get away from him and hopefully begin the healing process,” said Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin in a news release. “On top of that, he’s been deemed a high risk to reoffend and his criminal history shows that he is a persistent violator. He absolutely belongs in prison for the protection of society.”

Ruth Brown: 208-377-6207, @RuthBrownNews
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