RUPERT — The Minidoka County prosecutor has dropped felony charges against a Rupert teen accused of child enticement and refiled a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident.
Dashiell S. Jones, 18, was charged in July with two felony counts of enticing a child after a Rupert police officer posing online as a teen girl said Jones asked him for sex.
Minidoka County Prosecutor Lance Stevenson said the two charges were dropped after the judge in the case said justice would be better served if the charge was refiled as a misdemeanor count of injury to a child.
Magistrate Judge Gaylen L. Box was the judge assigned to the case.
Stevenson refiled the misdemeanor charge on Sept. 13.
The case is set for a pretrial conference at Oct. 25 in Minidoka County Magistrate Court in front of Magistrate Judge Rick Bollar.
Stevenson said Jones is expected to plead guilty to the reduced charge.
The misdemeanor charge is based on the same evidence the felony charges were based on, Stevenson said.
The police officer said Jones sent a friend request on Facebook to the officer’s undercover profile, which depicted a 14-year-old girl.
The officer said Jones sent a private message to him and the conversation escalated in a sexual way over a few days. The deputy said he told Jones he was 14 years old several times and that Jones sent sexually explicit photos and video of himself and told the officer to delete the conversation.
Jones was arrested when the officer arranged for a meeting at a Rupert church.
The officer said Jones told him that he had decided it was not a good idea to meet the girl for sex and he went to the church to tell her that. Jones did not want the girl to remain at the church waiting for him, the officer said.