Crime

Nampa man sent to prison for sexually abusing two young girls

Lester Palmer, 55, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 to 30 years for abusing two girls, ages 4 and 5.

Palmer pleaded guilty in December to two counts of lewd conduct. Two other charges of sexual penetration with a foreign object and sexual abuse of a child under 16 were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.

Palmer admitted to inappropriately touching the two girls and using sex toys on them. He also admitted to watching pornography with the victims in his home office.

Palmer was arrested in September following an investigation by the Nampa Police Department. Prosecutors said Palmer, who was in a position of trust with the girls, abused them on numerous occasions over a seven-month period.

During a pre-sentencing investigaton, Palmer admitted having sexual contact with a sibling while growing up and sexually abusing his then-prepubescent sons when they lived in Illinois.

In a written statement to 3rd District Judge Chris Nye, Palmer blamed the victims by saying they wanted him to touch them after he showed them pornography. He said he continued to abuse them, fearing they would tell authorities if he stopped.

After months of abuse, Palmer told Nye he reliazed his behavior was wrong and stopped.

“Mr. Palmer has engaged in a lifetime of abusing children and here he took advantage of two little girls,” Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said in a written statement. “To make matters worse, he tried to blame them for his actions and act like he was the one trying to stop it. He is a pedophile and there is no doubt in mind that he belongs behind bars where he can no longer be a danger to our children and our society.”

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