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TWIN FALLS — A 34-year-old Twin Falls man who police say impregnated a 16-year-old girl has been charged with rape.

Trevor Lee West was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on the felony rape charge. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

The girl told police that consensual sex with West led to her pregnancy, according to a sworn affidavit. But one definition of rape under Idaho law is when the victim is 16 or 17 and the perpetrator is at least three years older.

The girl’s mother told police she was upset when she found out her daughter was pregnant with a 34-year-old’s baby, “but due to her own research of Idaho law," she thought there was nothing illegal about it, "so she had to learn to deal with it.”

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Police informed her that wasn't the case. 

The girl’s grandmother reported the rape earlier this year, and prosecutors sought an arrest warrant Friday. West, who was also wanted on several bench warrants as he awaits sentencing on two felony drug cases, is in custody in lieu of $50,000 bond.

He's set for sentencing in the drug cases June 19, and a preliminary hearing in the rape case is scheduled for May 19.

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