Caldwell man sentenced for sexual abuse of a child
Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said Thursday that Michael Garoutte, 24, of Caldwell, was sentenced to twelve years in prison for sexual abuse of a child under sixteen. He must serve at least two years before being eligible for parole.
Garoutte is required to submit a DNA Sample to the Idaho database and, upon his release from prison, he must register as a sex offender.
The case began in October, 2012, when a citizen at Liberty Park in Nampa called the police to report that an adult man and juvenile female were parked in a truck and were “making out.” A police investigation revealed that Garoutte is a registered sex offender in Oregon, and had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to register.
Police also learned that Garoutte had inappropriate sexual contact with the thirteen-year-old female who was in the truck with him at the time.
"This case is a good example of why it is important for citizens in our community to be vigilant and to have the courage to report behavior they find concerning," said Taylor. “Because the concerned citizen in this case acted on what he saw at Liberty Park, our community is now safer. (This) sentence ensures that for at least the next two years young girls in our community will be protected from Mr. Garoutte."