33-year-old Kuna man charged with sex abuse of a minor

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 33-year-old Kuna man who exposed his genitals to a pre-teenage girl in a local fast food restaurant last month— and detectives are trying to figure out if he has done the same thing to any other kids.

Tyler A. Howell is charged with a felony count of sex abuse of a minor under the age of 16.

Deputies began their investigation on Jan. 26 after being contacted by a third party.

They determined the girl and her grandmother were at a fast food restaurant on Chinden Boulevard on Jan. 5 and were eating in the dining area when a man, later identified at Howell, sat down near them and began masturbating when the girl looked at him.

Investigators later determined Howell would stop when anyone else walked by but would start again.

The girl told her grandmother after they left the restaurant what happened. Our deputies found out a short time later and began their investigation. They developed the evidence to arrest Howell this week after gathering evidence and doing interviews.

Howell is set to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.  The crime of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 16 is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Howell has recently worked for a local carpet/duct cleaning service that does business all over Ada County .

Detectives are concerned there may be more child victims.

Anyone with information should call Detective Shellie Strolberg at (208) 577-3788 or send an email to SStrolberg@adaweb.net

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