Lava man to stand trial on charges of child sexual exploitation

October 4, 2016

POCATELLO — A Lava Hot Springs man who pleaded guilty to three counts of enticing a child through the internet last month in Caribou County will now stand trial in Bannock County, where he is charged with 10 felony counts of child sexual exploitation by possessing sexually explicit material.

Phillip Francke, 23, is also charged with two felony counts of sexual battery with a minor. He also has pending a misdemeanor charge of stalking.

He waived preliminary proceedings Monday, according to court document.

In Caribou County, Francke was originally charged with 16 felony counts of enticing a child through the internet. But as part of a plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to three of those charges in September.

Soda Springs Police Detective Nick Conley said three victims, ages 11, 12 and 13, were identified during the four-month investigation.

Sixth District Judge Mitchell Brown sentenced Francke to a prison term of two years fixed and eight years indeterminate and imposed a $1,600 fine in the case.

Francke remains incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail and will be arraigned in Sixth District court this month.