Seal of Idaho

BOISE - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced a former Idaho County deputy sheriff was sentenced on Monday, December 9, for sexual abuse of a minor.

34-year-old Nicholas J. Harris pleaded guilty to one count in September. He admitted to sexually abusing an underage girl in December 2018 in Idaho County. He was initially accused of two additional counts of lewd conduct with a minor under 16 for alleged crimes that also took place in Idaho County. Harris admitted he committed various acts of sexual abuse against the same child in two states over four years. The two counts of lewd conduct were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Second Judicial District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice imposed a unified sentence of 15 years with 10 years fixed and five years indeterminate. He retained jurisdiction over the case for up to one year.

Upon the completion of the retained jurisdiction program, the court will determine whether to grant Harris probation. The court ordered the defendant to pay court costs as well as a $5,000 civil fine to the victim. Harris will also be required to register as a sex offender. Harris most recently lived in California.