was an LDS bishopric counselor and Idaho city councilman; signed a plea agreement indicating he would admit to committing lewd conduct with a minor; sentenced to prison in 2023

Case Summary

2023-03-15: Wiscombe has been sentenced to prison.

CR10-22-00527 | State of Idaho Plaintiff, vs. Byron Dean Wiscombe Defendant.

charges filed on 2022-01-19 in Bonneville County District Court against Byron Wiscombe:

# — Description Statute Level Date
1 Children-Lewd Conduct with Child Under 16 I18-1508 Felony 10/06/2014
2 Children-Sexual Battery-Committed by Lewd or Lascivious Acts on a Minor Child 16 to 17 Years of Age I18-1508A(1)(a) Felony 10/06/2016
3 Video Voyeurism I18-6609 Felony 07/04/2019
4 Battery-Sexual I18-924 Misdemeanor 03/01/2021

Of those four charges, Wiscombe agreed in December 2022 to plea guilty to one: the first count, Children-Lewd Conduct with Child Under 16. The other three charges were to be dismissed.

According to the Idaho State Journal (source 1), Wiscombe “reportedly raped a teen girl over a seven-year period that lasted into her adulthood. She said Wiscombe also recorded her, saying she once found his phone hidden in an air vent in her bedroom with the video recorder on. A second victim also said Wiscombe touched her inappropriately. Her description of Wiscombe’s behavior was similar to the description given by the other victim.”

In December 2021, Wiscombe’s wife filed for divorce.

Sources
  1. Former city councilman signs plea agreement in child rape case -
    view source details | 1 Dec 2022 | Idaho State Journal
  2. Court documents detail sexual assault allegations against former city councilman
    view source details | 27 Jan 2022 | East Idaho News
  3. Former Ammon City Council Member Byron Wiscome Arrested on Various Charges
    view source details | 26 Jan 2022 | KPVI
  4. case number CR10-22-00527
    view source details | 15 Mar 2023 | Idaho court records search
  5. case number CR10-22-00669
    view source details | 15 Mar 2023 | Idaho court records search
  6. case number CV10-21-7257
    view source details | 15 Mar 2023 | Idaho court records search
Sources excerpts

Videos: Byron Wiscombe Mormon sex crime case

    • Video title: Former city councilman makes first court appearance on sexual assault allegations
    • Video description: East Idaho News - YouTube
    • Video title: Ammon man arrested for lewd conduct with minor
    • Video description: KIFI Local News 8 - YouTube

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