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Caldwell man sentenced for making child porn

Posted at 4:23 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 18:23:04-04

Jason Simon, 38, of Caldwell, has been sentenced to at least ten years in prison, followed by twenty years indeterminate, on eight counts of manufacturing sexually exploitative material – and ten years indeterminate on sexual abuse of a minor under sixteen. The sentences will run consecutively, for a total unified sentence of forty years in prison, said Canyon County Public Information Officer Joe Decker.

Simon was sentenced Monday in Canyon County.

Judge Juneal Kerrick also ordered Simon to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the Idaho Database, and have no contact with the victim or her family for the duration of the sentence.  Simon was also ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty, as well as court costs and reimbursement costs to his public defender and for his psycho-sexual evaluation.    

Simon was arrested in June of last year on a felony warrant following an investigation by both the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and Caldwell Police Department. Investigators learned Simon was in “possession of multiple images of child pornography, including several photos and videos showing an 8-year-old girl that were manufactured by Simon himself,” Decker stated.

“The victim later told detectives that Simon, who was in a position of trust with the victim, was the one who took the pictures and videos of her.  She told detectives that Simon and her would go on secret ‘dates’ together, and that he would offer her candy and money in exchange for her cooperation,” Decker added.  

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Kerrick stated, “Frankly, I’ve never had a case that concerned me like this has in terms of long-term impact on the victim and the long-term harm you pose.”

“Mr. Simon used his position of trust with this innocent young girl to groom her and incentivize her into doing things that no young girl should ever have to do,” said Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor.  “This was a horrific crime that is going to have a lasting impact on a lot of people.”