Idaho man confesses to sexually abusing and sexting with Cache County relatives

Booking photo for Kyle E. Joe (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)

LOGAN — A 20-year-old Idaho man has confessed to sexually abusing a young girl and sexting with teenage girl. Kyle E. Joe accepted a plea deal that could still send him to prison.

Court staff report, Joe appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He pleaded guilty to two amended counts of sexual abuse of a child and five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped 15 remaining charges. An upcoming three-day jury trial was also canceled.

In June 2019, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies began investigating Joe after a teenage girl claimed she had exchanged pornographic photographs with the defendant. He was an acquaintance of the victim.

When deputies interviewed Joe, he admitted to sexting with the underage girl in 2017 and allowed them to view his cellphone. He also confessed to sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl around the same time.

Joe remains in the Cache County Jail on $330,000 bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 6 and could face up to life in prison.

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