Detectives find two more victims of 25-year-old man charged with lewd conduct

Detectives have found two additional victims of a 25-year-old Kuna man charged with lewd conduct for having illegal sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl in January.

Jakob M. Moench is now charged with two additional counts of sexual battery of a child between the ages of 16-to-17.

That means Moench is accused of having illegal sexual contact with three different teenage girls since last summer. Moench is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

All three criminal cases are now combined in one case. Moench’s next court hearing is set for Feb. 26 in front of 4th District Judge Melissa Moody.

Detectives arrested Jakob M. Moench at his home in the Linder/Deer Flat roads neighborhood late last month.

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies began their investigation in mid January after getting information from a third party that Moench had illegal sexual contact with the 15-year-old girl.

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

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

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. Since then, a third victim has come forward.

Anyone who 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.

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