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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Bail was set Monday at $100,000 for a Clark Fork man accused of molesting a Bonner County girl over a three-year period and documenting the sexual abuse with videos and photographs.

Joshua James Olson, 27, is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct of a minor and sexual exploitation of a child.

A downcast Olson had no visible reaction as he was formally advised of the charges during an initial appearance in magistrate court.

“Mister Olson, these are serious charges,” Judge Debra Heise reminded Olson, who appeared via video link from the Bonner County Jail.

An application for a public defender filled out by Olson showed he possessed significant stock holdings, cash on hand and other assets, although Olson said he expected to lose his job at Avista as a result of the criminal charges.

Heise tentatively appointed counsel while he is in custody, but told Olson he would have to reapply for a public defender if is able to post bond.

A preliminary hearing in the case is pending.

Bonner County sheriff’s investigators assisted the FBI in the search of Olson’s home on Washington Water Power Housing Road on Friday, according to a probable cause affidavit. Authorities were investigating a report that Olson was sharing child pornography via the Internet.

Olson, the affidavit said, agreed to be interviewed and admitted that he had a collection of child porn on a flash memory drive. A search of the flash drive yielded 24 videos and 67 photographs of Olson sexually abusing the child.

Other digital devices were seized during the search, but their contents have not been disclosed in court records.

The abuse occurred between 2010 and February of this year, when the girl was between the ages of 5 and 7.

Lewd conduct is punishable by up to life in prison. Sexual exploitation of a child is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

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  • bonnerben posted at 7:41 pm on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    bonnerben Posts: 291

    Let's hope that if this slime does get convicted, he is sentenced to life behind bars where he has no access to children. I have read in this paper too many times about child molesters being sentenced to a long term in prison, however, the court "retains jurisdiction" and the offender is released with little time in custody.

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 2:50 pm on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 99

    Unfortunately IDreader, it's a very good possibility. [censored]

  • MichaelN posted at 5:02 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    MichaelN Posts: 502

    If he is the parent, then even more reason to follow Aaron C's advice. Either way, I don't really give a darn. Keep the monster away from my children.

  • IDreader posted at 10:14 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    IDreader Posts: 1

    I agree with FEDUP, this is a possiblity

  • FEDUP posted at 10:04 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    FEDUP Posts: 31

    Maybe he is the parent? [sad]

  • WML posted at 7:42 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    WML Posts: 662

    I must agree with Golf25 on this one. We need to look at the competency of the parents. Where were they???

    Bill Litsinger

  • Aaron C posted at 9:49 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    Aaron C Posts: 339

    Hmmmm another life in prison sentence for a man/society that isnt learning. As Golf said "Seems like this is happening way too often in our area.". Assuming the current rate of prison costs (and no inflation which wont be the case) we will now fund his entire, purposeless life to the tune of $1.9 million. Can someone give me one good reason why we will keep this dude alive and pay that much for his existence? If the sentence is for his life to be carried out in prison why not just buy the $1 bullet and do the world a giant favor. Same result, cheaper cost. You cant argue that prevention wouldnt occur if the "tempted" witnessed the result of an efficient judicial system. Our current system isnt working, time for change and everyone knows it.

  • reddawn posted at 9:27 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    reddawn Posts: 1698

    Life behind bars alone in a cell. All the money and property to held by the court for this child. A background check on this child's parents and who and why this human could even be around this child. 100.000 bail ,I don't agree on this, not when he had video on this evil crime. And our police dept. has prove he is the criminal with this child. Why on earth would any judge give a bond?

  • Sandpoint Worker posted at 1:56 pm on Tue, Apr 2, 2013.

    Sandpoint Worker Posts: 99

    5 to 7??? WTH?