Crime

Payette man convicted of sexually abusing juveniles will serve a minimum of 15 years in prison

Jacob Stephen Davis, 31, was found guilty Friday of sexually abusing two boys when they were 15 and 16.

Davis was in court Tuesday for a hearing before 3rd District Judge Susan Wiebe on whether he qualifies as a habitual offender. She ruled that Davis has a prior conviction and is a repeat offender.

He is now subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Davis faces up to life in prison on each of the lewd conduct counts and up to 15 years each on each of the sexual battery and possession of sexually exploitative material.

The victims, who were members of a high school FFA organization, met Davis when they took part in an FFA workday at a Payette business where Davis had an affiliation, Payette County Prosecutor Anne-Marie Kelso said in a written release. Davis became a father figure for the boys and later moved them into a home in Payette and paid most of their living expenses, she said.

The boys, who previously lived with Davis and his family near Anderson Corner in Payette County, performed sex acts with Davis in exchange for money and items such as dirt bikes and cell phones, Kelso wrote. The arrangement lasted for about nine months, she said.

Court testimony indicated the boys had few financial resources and Davis took advantage of that, Kelso said. There was also testimony that Davis and one of the boys considered themselves a “couple.”

The abuse took place at the 7th Avenue home, on camping trips, at a Davis family home in Parma and at the business, Kelso said.

Davis was convicted of two counts of lewd conduct with a minor and two counts of sexual battery of a minor. He was also convicted of one count of possession of sexually exploitative material, which involved two separate victims, one boy and one girl.

“It’s one of those cases where you say ‘What is wrong with people?’” Kelso told the Statesman.

The jury acquitted Davis of six other counts of lewd conduct, sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a child.

Police began looking into Davis’ activities when his grandfather reported a burglary and Davis was later named a suspect. During their investigation, officers learned that Davis had been sexually abusing the boys.

He was convicted in 2003 in Payette County of possession of sexually exploitative material. Two years later, Davis pleaded guilty to a probation violation in the case.

A Payette County jury found Davis guilty in May of failing to register as a sex offender. He is scheduled to appear before Wiebe for sentencing in that case on Sept. 4.

Davis was also convicted of burglary in a 2003 case from Washington County.

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