A Boise man has been booked into the Ada County Jail, facing a number of felonies -- including sexual battery of a minor and possession/delivery of a controlled substance -- after police say he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage runaway.
Boise Police officers began investigating a report of a runaway juvenile on Monday evening. The report indicated that the 16-year-old girl had gone to school Monday morning, but had not returned home in the evening.
Officers say they developed evidence indicating the girl was staying at the east Boise home of a man she knows, who investigators later identified as Mark Sargent, 37.
As officers were speaking with him, they said they noticed the odor of what appeared to be marijuana coming from inside his home. Upon investigating, officers found marijuana inside, “as well as a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine,” according to a Boise Police Department news release. It said officers also “located several items of paraphernalia consistent with the sales of illicit narcotics.”
Investigators say they also found the teenage girl in the home -- as well as evidence indicating “the suspect and the juvenile had known each other for some time and had engaged in inappropriate and illegal behavior in the past,” the release stated.
Officers then arrested Sargent and booked into the Ada County Jail. He now faces felony charges of sexual battery of a minor committed by lewd or lascivious acts on a minor 16 to 17 years old, possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance/possession or manufacture with intent to deliver, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.