Crime

Nampa woman must serve at least four years in prison for sex with boy

Joy Phillips-Heinbach, 33, of Nampa must serve at least four years of a 10-year sentence for lewd conduct with a boy younger than 16, Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor announced Tuesday.

Third District Judge Bradley Ford also ordered her to pay $1,500 in fines and court costs, register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim or any unsupervised contact with underage boys until her sentence is completed.

Phillips-Heinbach was arrested last October after Nampa police investigators she had sexual contact with the boy on numerous occasions between March and September.

The woman, who was in a position of trust with the victim, initially told police that the boy raped her and she only agreed to the sexual encounters under fear and duress, according to court records. But investigators uncovered numerous text messages that indicated the incidents were consensual, and the victim told investigators that Phillips-Heinbach initiated the sexual contact, court records show.

“The defendant used her position of trust to take advantage of the victim for her own sexual gratification,” Taylor said. “This type of conduct is unacceptable. Hopefully this sends a message to others that my office will do everything in its power to protect those that are the most vulnerable.”

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