Spirit Lake man put on probation

SANDPOINT — A Spirit Lake man imprisoned for molesting a minor in Bonner County over a four-year period is being released onto probation.

Roy Lewis Baldwin was given a five- to 25-year term when he was sentenced in February, but 1st District Judge John T. Mitchell retained jurisdiction over the defendant.

When jurisdiction is retained, also known as a rider, a defendant can serve up to a year in prison before a decision is made to put the person on probation or order them to serve the full sentence.

Baldwin’s case came back before jurisdictional review on Monday by Mitchell, who ordered Baldwin to be released on probation, court records show. However, Mitchell ordered Baldwin to remain in custody of the Bonner County Jail until  full-disclosure polygraph and psychosexual evaluations can be conducted.

Baldwin, 67, was charged with sexually abusing a Bonner County girl from 2008 to 2012, when she was between the ages of 6 and 10. Baldwin’s misconduct allegedly rose to the level of lewd and lascivious, but that allegation was withdrawn in exchange for a plea of guilt, according to court documents.

Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall recommended a two- to 10-year prison term with retained jurisdiction, partly due to Baldwin’s cooperation with authorities. Baldwin’s defense counsel, Bruce Greene, argued for a suspended prison term and local incarceration so his client could take part in outpatient sexual offender treatment.

Mitchell adopted the rider recommendation, but imposed a longer underlying prison term due to the severe and repetitive nature of Baldwin’s offenses. However, the court noted that there were still discrepancies between the victim’s version of events and those of the defendant, which prompted the polygraph examination order, court records indicate.

Read More News

Vietnam vet shines on the tennis courts

September 30, 2016 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Sometimes it's a smell. Other times it's a sound or taste.Those senses can spiral Dana Mailloux into a post traumatic stress disorder-induced episode. Occasional nightmares still...

Read More

7B Women advocates for loved ones

September 30, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — On Tuesday, the 7B Women, a committee of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, will host its monthly luncheon at Tango Café in the Columbia Bank Center. The luncheon begins at...

Read More

Pizza Hut is set to re-open Saturday

September 30, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee PONDERAY — Pizza Hut is set to open its newly remodeled Ponderay location for business on Saturday. The restaurant underwent extensive exterior and interior renovations; everything from the...

Read More

P&Z revisiting code changes

September 30, 2016 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT ­— The Bonner County Planning & Zoning Commission will be revisiting amendments to its subdivision code when it meets on Thursday.A hearing on the code amendments...

Read More