Idaho Actor Faces Sex Charges Involving 14-Year-Old Girl
KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) - A central Idaho actor who authorities say had sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl has been charged with rape and lewd conduct with a child under 16.
The Idaho Mountain Express reports (http://bit.ly/WdnDBH) that 31-year-old Dawson Howard was charged Tuesday in 5th District Court. He was released that same day after posting a $30,000 bond.
Police say Howard began an online relationship with the girl in July of 2011 and the sexual encounters occurred about a month later.
Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey says Howard on Aug. 20, 2011, picked the girl up at a parking lot in Sun Valley and drove her to a house in Ketchum where he was house-sitting.
Howard is known in the area for his numerous appearances in theatrical and musical productions.
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