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South Idaho man sentenced to 20 years for impregnating a 13-year-old

July 15, 2016

CALDWELL — A Nampa man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl and impregnating her.

David Arquette, 27, pleaded guilty to felony lewd conduct with a child younger than age 16. He could be eligible for parole after seven years are served.

Arquette was arrested in January following an investigation by the Nampa Police Department that revealed he had been having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

According to police, Arquette proposed to the young girl after only knowing her a couple of weeks so they could begin having sex. A short time later, the girl became pregnant with Arquette’s baby. Arquette then made the victim tell his family and friends that she was 19 years old, even though he knew she was underage.

District Judge Davis F. Vandervelde also ordered Arquette to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the Idaho database, and have no contact with the victim or any females under the age of 18 for the duration of the sentence.

Arquette was also ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty, as well as court costs and reimbursement for his public defender and undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.

Court records also show that Arquette feels like he is still in a relationship with the victim and plans to resume seeing her as soon as it becomes legal.

During sentencing, Vandervelde told the defendant, “I don’t think you recognize the gravity of the harm you caused,” according to a news release from Canyon County. “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.”

“This is an absolutely horrifying case of a grown man knowingly impregnating a 13-year-old girl,” said Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Taylor. “This type of behavior will simply not be tolerated in our society, and I’m thankful he’s behind bars where he can no longer pose a danger to our society.”