A Nampa man has been accused of sexually abusing a child and secretly recording that child changing clothes in a bedroom and bathroom over a two-year period, starting when the child was 12, according to court documents.
On Monday, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 40-year-old Jeromy Edwin Kelley, online court records show. A judge also issued a no-contact order prohibiting him from having contact with the child.
The Statesman is withholding details of Kelley’s relationship to the child.
Kelley was booked into the Ada County Jail on six felony charges, but court records show that he was actually charged with three felonies: two counts of child sexual abuse of a minor under 16 and one count of video voyeurism. He was arraigned Wednesday and his bond was set at $500,000, online court records show. The jail log shows that he has been released.
In February, he was charged with felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 16. Both sets of charges stem from abuse that is alleged to have occurred between September 2016 and September 2018.
The police investigation into Kelley began in September last year, after the child was taken to a local hospital, according to court documents.
A probable cause affidavit from Feb. 4 this year shows that Kelley told a friend and a social worker that he had touched the child inappropriately. He also claimed that the child had initiated sexual contact. All of the children in the home were placed in foster care, the affidavit says.
The child told a counselor that there was initially inappropriate touching through clothes before Kelley began lying on top of the child in bed and on the couch, an investigator reported in the affidavit.
Kelley’s Samsung tablet was seized as part of the investigation. Police found videos that were made by placing the device under bedroom and bathroom doors.
Kelley has a preliminary hearing for the lewd conduct charge scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday in Canyon County Court. His preliminary hearing on the other charges is at 8:30 a.m. April 30.