Crime

Nampa man gets up to 20 years for sex with 13-year-old

David Arquette
David Arquette

David M. Arquette, 28, will be eligible for parole after 7 years for felony lewd conduct with a child, a judge ruled in 3rd District Court Monday.

“This is an absolutely horrifying case of a grown man knowingly impregnating a 13-year- old girl,” said Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor.

Judge Davis F. Vandervelde also ordered Arquette to pay a $5,000 civil penalty, register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim or any female under the age of 18 for the duration of his sentence.

Nampa police arrested Arquette in January, and he changed his plea to guilty in March.

The girl told Nampa police the unprotected sex was consensual and that Arquette made her tell everyone she was 19, according to a probable cause affidavit. Arquette told police he knew the girl's true age, but he gave her an engagement ring and he was happy when he learned she was pregnant, according to the document.

"To prevent him from getting in trouble they came up with a story that she had met a boy she didn't know, had sex, and the condom broke," according to the affidavit account of Arquette's interview with police.

“I don’t think you recognize the gravity of the harm you caused," Judge Vandervelde told Arquette during the sentencing hearing. "There’s a 14-year- old with a young child, which will impact her life and the families who are associated. The damage is irreparable.”

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