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County bailiff pleads guilty to child sex abuse charge

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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:15 am | Updated: 11:09 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

COEUR d'ALENE - A Kootenai County courtroom bailiff pleaded guilty Monday to felony sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, while four other related charges were dismissed.

Jack D. McPike, 31, appeared before 1st District Court Judge John T. Mitchell for arraignment, when his defense attorney Anne Taylor announced he would be pleading guilty.

McPike, of Athol, lost his job as a bailiff when he was arrested May 17. He admitted to the sexual abuse of a family member that had been alleged from April and May of this year.

McPike was charged with one count of sex crimes against nature, two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16, and two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16.

The Bonner County prosecutor's office is handling the case because of McPike's previous employment with Kootenai County.

The details of the plea deal had been announced a month ago, but had not been sworn to by McPike until Monday.

Mitchell said McPike would likely be sentenced in the next couple months by 2nd District Court Judge Jeff Brudie.

The charge of sexual abuse of a child is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

As part of the plea deal, however, Brudie is bound to try retained jurisdiction first before imposing prison time.

If Brudie is not comfortable with retained jurisdiction, McPike could be allowed to back out of his plea deal and the case would proceed toward trial on all five original charges.

Mitchell released McPike from the Kootenai County jail, but he can have no contact with the victim and will be living under house arrest in Rathdrum.

He will be allowed to go to work driving a water truck, but must remain at the Rathdrum residence from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day.

McPike has no prior criminal history, and spent six years in the U.S. Navy.

An evaluation of McPike said he is a low risk to re-offend.

Taylor said McPike's military record and past clean criminal record made him a good candidate for release prior to sentencing.

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11 comments:

  • annekingsy posted at 6:16 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    annekingsy Posts: 11

    Man, today you have so many wow nude website. I mean, why did he have to choose that path? Now jail is a place where none of your needs will be met. That is not wise, isn't it? Criminals should think twice.

     
  • My2sence posted at 8:51 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    BTW, show me where it states the age of consent in Idaho, in 1992 was age 14. I cant seem to find that tid-bit of info anywhere.

     
  • My2sence posted at 8:47 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    SO just to be clear TomKatt, your saying that it should be "ok" for a 13-14 year old girl to give a 38 year old man a bj, (or whatever) because 20 years ago it was ok? please correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what it sounds like your saying.

     
  • cococo posted at 1:02 am on Thu, Jul 12, 2012.

    cococo Posts: 144

    TomKatt.....You hit the nail right on the head. I'm not sure some of these people posting comments live in the real world....or maybe it's the "not my child" syndrome.

     
  • My2sence posted at 4:37 pm on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    Quit living in the past, crawl out from under your rock & live in todays rules and standards, I cant believe you even said that.
    "Inappropriate behavior" are you kidding me?

     
  • TomKatt posted at 10:41 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    TomKatt Posts: 125

    So, Suzanna and My2sense, I consider this inappropriate behavior, but....until about 1992 the age of consent in Idaho was 14, does that mean before 1992 they were not scumbags or sickening?

    These kind of things should be judged individually, sine there are plenty of 14-YOs out there doing everybody they can, why, because they like it,

     
  • Joseph Jr posted at 10:14 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    See a pattern?

    QUOTE: "A Kootenai County courtroom bailiff pleaded guilty Monday to felony sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl, while four other related charges were dismissed."

    FOUR OTHER RELATED CHARGES WERE DISMISSED?

    Mitchell is deferring to Brude, as Mitchell doesn't want to have a record of being soft on sex offenders (Think Yergler case from Shoshone...12 mos./5year old child)

    Seems to me, if you are a city/county/state employee or relative of an employee...and a child sex offender, NOT addicted to drugs/alcohol, at best you'll be given a psyc-sex evaluation, lots of sympathy and a pat on the hand.

    Now, if this guy were a dirty drug addict or alcoholic, stealing say a stereo to sell/pawn for money or obtaining illegal drugs, you'd be going to prison, and no charges would be dropped. Prosecutors and judges love addicts and alcoholics as they use those cases to get re-elected.

    Got to be tough on the ol' judges and prosecutors, when they have to sentence one of "their own."

    This is wrong...Complete criminal deviants given light sentences and having charges reduced.

     
  • My2sence posted at 9:51 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    Good point, or judge compassion?

     
  • Suzanna posted at 9:21 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    Suzanna Posts: 20

    Could the dissimilar sentences be because one of the scumbags had a public defender and the other scumbag didn't?

     
  • JustMy2Cents posted at 8:11 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    JustMy2Cents Posts: 40

    These sick people are in CDA too, only they use their parent's money and time in the courts to drag the case on until everybody else gives up. These predators should ALL get life - no matter who tries to bail them out. Instead they get their cases reduced down to 'injury to a child' so they only get some probation time.

     
  • My2sence posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Jul 10, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    "lewd conduct with a child under 16 years old, a charge that carries a maximum life prison sentence"
    (firefighter)

    "The charge of sexual abuse of a child is punishable by up to 15 years in prison."
    (bailiff)

    Sickening, both crimes are equally as disgusting, however one "could" get life, while the other only gets 15 years ? I don't get it.

    Are people in Athol that friggin bored, nothing else to do huh?

     
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