Local man sentenced for lewd contact
On Monday Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Robert Arch Sims, 47, of Blackfoot for one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Simpson denied probation to Sims saying that "denying probation would diminish the seriousness of his crime." He went on to sentence Sims to six years (fixed and determined) in the Idaho Department of Correction (with 15 years undetermined). Sims was given credit for the 77 days that he has already spent in jail.
"This means no less than six years and no more than 15 years," Simpson explained.
Sims will also be required to pay a $5,000 civil penalty fee to the vicitim, a $3,000 fine, $525.50 in court costs and a reimbursement of $1,665 to the court for the cost of his psycho-sexual evaluation. Under Idaho law, Sims will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Sims' attorney, Cindy Campbell, asked the judge for a traditional rider, saying her client has mental health issues and that with proper treatment he could come back into society in a sex offender treatment program.
Bingham County Prosecutor Scott Andrew addressed the judge, asking for prison time for Sims and adding that "he [Sims] knew what he was doing and that it was wrong and he never stopped."
"These types of cases are always disturbing," said Simpson, speaking directly to Sims. "You have robbed the innocence of a young girl. She will never have her childhood back and this will have a lifelong impact on her self-esteem, her emotions, and her interactions with others."
Sims was originally charged with three counts of lewd contact with a minor under 16, crimes that reportedly occurred between December 2011 and March 2012; however, two of the counts were dropped last month by Andrew contingent on Sims' guilty plea on one count of lewd contact.
Sims had nothing to say for himself upon hearing the sentence and was turned over to the custody of Bingham County law enforcement.