Idaho Falls man charged with sexual abuse of teenager
Braxton Michael Combs | Bonneville County Jail
IDAHO FALLS – Police say a man from Idaho Falls sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy he met at a local skatepark.
Braxton Michael Combs, 20, is accused of sexual abuse of a child under 16. According to a probable cause affidavit, witnesses said a year ago that the victim told them that she had had sex with Combs. The victim did not disclose any sexual contact to the police.
Under Idaho law, a minor cannot legally consent to sex with an adult, making the allegation against Combs a felony.
The Idaho Falls Police Department learned of the alleged abuse on June 5, 2019, when the victim arrived at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after an overdose of Xanax. A woman who brought the boy to the hospital said the victim had sex with Combs on June 4, 2019, court documents show.
Another witness told police she saw Combs and the victim alone together in a room in a house. The witness told the police that when the victim came out she asked what they were doing. He replied that he and Combs had had sex. She also claimed to have seen two kissing.
Combs spoke to detectives and said he met the victim at the Idaho Falls skatepark. He said the two were going to hang out near Monroc, go swimming and kiss twice.
When investigators spoke with the victim, he claimed to know Combs and spend time with him, but denied any sexual contact, depending on probable cause.
Bonneville County Assistant Chief Prosecutor John Dewey told EastIdahoNews.com that investigators worked last year to speak to the parties involved and the victim’s custodial parents to see how to proceed. As soon as the prosecutor’s office received a signed affidavit from detectives this month, they filed a complaint.
Combs was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on Friday. Court records indicate that he posted bail of $ 60,000 for his release.
A preliminary hearing for Combs is scheduled for July 1.