25-year-old Kuna man pleads guilty to lewd conduct and sexual battery charges

A Kuna man has admitted to having illegal sexual contact with three teenage girls since last summer — and will find out in June what the legal consequences will be.

Jakob Moench pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one charge of lewd conduct and two charges of sexual battery of a child between the ages of 16-to-17. The three charges are for different victims.

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 a 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 in January, a family member of a different girl called deputies to report a similar occurrence. Then a third victim came forward.

All three cases were eventually combined into one.

Moench is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $200,000 bond. He is set for a sentencing hearing in front of 4th District Judge Patrick Owen on June 14.

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

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