25-year-old Kuna man charged with lewd conduct; detectives suspect there could be more victims


Detectives are concerned that a 25-year-old Kuna man charged with lewd conduct for having illegal sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl may have more victims.

Detectives arrested Jakob M. Moench at his home in the Linder/Deer Flat roads neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies began their investigation early last week after getting information from a third party that Moench had illegal sexual contact with the girl.

A few days later, the girl was reported missing as a runaway. Kuna Police found her at Moench’s house on Saturday morning and took her home.

Detectives continued to develop evidence in the case and arrested Moench Tuesday.

Shortly after Moench’s picture appeared on the Ada County Sheriff’s Office arrest page, a family member of a different girl called deputies to report a similar occurrence. That case remains under investigation.

Anyone knows anything about either of those cases or has information about other possible victims should call Ada County Sheriff’s detectives at 577-3734.

The crime of lewd conduct is punishable by up to life in prison.

Moench is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 10.



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