Crime

Former juvenile probation officer faces child sex abuse charges

Otis M. Disbennett
Otis M. Disbennett

A 61-year-old Boise man faces three charges of sexual abuse of a child for allegedly showing explicit images to a pre-teen girl and having illegal sexual contact with her over a six-year period, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

Otis M. Disbennett was arrested at his south Boise-area home Tuesday morning and booked into the Ada County Jail. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released from jail later that day. His first court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Disbennett is a former juvenile probation officer who worked in Kuna before leaving that job about five years ago, the sheriff's office reports. Detectives are concerned there may be other victims.

The victim and Disbennett know each other, ACSO reports, and deputies began their investigation in late January when they got a call about Disbennett.

Anyone who has information about Disbennett or other possible victims is asked to call detectives at 577-3702 or email jjohnson@adaweb.net

The crime of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16 is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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