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Attorney for Eagle teen accused of 5 sex crimes says his rights were violated by Ada County

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Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.
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Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.

The Eagle teenager accused of sexually assaulting at least five girls over a six-month time frame appeared in court Friday morning and remains in custody.

Cory R. Campbell is charged with five felonies connected to the suspected sexual assaults of five different females.

Campbell, 17, is charged as an adult on suspicion of four counts of rape and one count of felony forcible penetration by use of a foreign object. Three of the alleged rapes occurred in March and one in January. The forcible penetration case stems from an alleged incident in September, according to court records.

On Friday, Campbell’s attorney, Debra Groberg, requested a continuance for the preliminary hearing, which was granted. It was rescheduled for July 12.

On Thursday, Groberg filed a memorandum in the case accusing the state of violating the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct and depriving Campbell of his right to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial.

The document alleges that when the Ada County Sheriff’s Office uploaded a blog post Tuesday about Campbell’s arrest, the blog stated “conclusively that the assaults and crimes were committed by him,” depriving him of his presumption of innocence.

The defense wrote that the sheriff’s blog post was an “egregious violation of the ethical rules” and notes that it wasn’t posted until 12 days after Campbell had been in custody. He has been at the juvenile detention facility since May 30.

When law enforcement publicly announced Campbell’s arrest, they said they suspected there may be more victims. The defense argued that there is no evidence to support that claim. The defense also asked the court to limit such speech, and for the immediate removal of the blog post and a corrective notice.

No decision has been made and the prosectuion has not filed a response.

If convicted, Campbell could face multiple life sentences.

Need help?

The Faces of Hope Victim Center is available for victims in need of emergency services at 417 S. 6th St. in Boise. Victims should call 911 in emergencies or call 208-577-4400 on weekdays during business hours. Faces of Hope provides free medical care and forensic examinations for victims, as well as assistance with filing police reports and mental health care.

Survivors who may need help are also encouraged to contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.

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Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.
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