By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A Preston man awaits sentencing in District Court in Preston next month on one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Jeremy Scott Copeland, 34, has pleaded guilty to the charge and is undergoing a psychosexual evaluation prior to sentencing. He was scheduled to be sentenced in 6th District Court in Preston before Judge Mitchel W. Brown on Monday, Feb. 13, but that action was postponed one month for additional testing.
Copeland was originally charged with two counts in addition to a third count of video voyeurism. Franklin County prosecutor Todd Garbett said the two charges were dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea.
Garbett said Copeland was charged for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The prosecutor said an individual must be at least 16 years old in order to provide consent.
The prosecutor said the voyeurism charge was related to an incident when Copeland attempted to video an 11-year-old girl while she was in a shower.
Garbett said he believes Copeland took advantage of the 15 year-old and conditioned her to believe the relationship was consensual.
A new sentencing date of Monday, March 12, has been set by the court. Copeland was arrested and then released under stipulations he wear a GPS ankle monitor. His attorney is Trevor Castleton, of Idaho Falls.
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