Man charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse

38-year-old Moscow resident accused of molesting two girls



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JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

A Moscow resident has been charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse of a child following his arrest on Aug. 8 after a warrant was issued on Aug. 6.

According to a criminal complaint issued by the state of Idaho, 38-year-old Jonathan Davis allegedly committed two acts of child sexual abuse between or on the dates of June 21-27 against two 13-year-old girls.

According to an affidavit issued by Moscow Police Department Detective Dani Vargas, Responding Officer Tyler Smotherman was dispatched to the alleged victim’s parents’ house on June 27 at 11:15 p.m.

Smotherman’s initial report states the victim was sexually molested 15 minutes before his arrival. The document also states the victim was watching TV in her room with Davis when he allegedly molested her. The alleged victim said she pushed Davis away and told him to stop, Smotherman wrote.

According to the report, the victim told Smotherman that Davis made a comment about not wanting to make her feel uncomfortable before leaving her room and house. The victim then told her parents of the alleged incident which is when they contacted the police.

Smotherman informed the victim of the “importance of being as truthful and accurate as possible” and she “never wavered in her conviction” nor were there any “inconsistencies in her story,” the officer reported.

According to the report, Smotherman attempted to contact Davis at his residence and saw that vehicles in Davis’ driveway, a truck and motorcycle, had several open alcoholic drink containers including beer and hard lemonade nearby. Smotherman then forwarded the report to detectives.

In Vargas’ followup statements, she said she was assigned to the case by Sgt. Dustin Blaker at around 7 a.m. on June 28. Vargas’ statement said she attempted to contact Davis at his place of employment in Pullman around 10:30 a.m. but was told he had left early. Davis was driving toward Kellogg, Idaho when he answered her call, according to the statement.

While on the phone, Davis repeatedly told Vargas that he was a businessman and a father and would never touch a child. Vargas and Detective Eric Kjorness met with Davis around noon.

Davis told Vargas and Kjorness he fell asleep on the floor in the victim’s room while they were watching TV and when he woke up, he felt uncomfortable with the situation.

According to Vargas’ statement, Davis told the detectives that he hugged and said goodbye to the victim but left without saying anything to her parents because their bedroom door was closed. He said he left the house around 10:30 p.m.

Vargas said Davis told her and Kjorness the victim was lying. Vargas wrote in her statement that Davis told them the only time he could have touched the victim’s breast is when they were hugging chest-to-chest. According to the statement, he expressed worry about possibly losing his job and having to move to Arizona.

In July, Vargas went with the alleged victim and her family to the Child Advocacy Center and met with forensic investigator Janet Pace for an interview. During the interview, the victim told Pace she and Davis did not hug when he left, according to Vargas’ statement.

Vargas also wrote that during the interview, the victim knew of a similar incident happening between Davis and another 13-year-old girl. The incident allegedly occurred in late June and was reported to the Moscow Police Department on July 3.

Responding Officer Jay Waters made an initial report on the 13-year-old’s allegations against Davis at this time.

Vargas’ statement summarized Waters’ report. The 13-year-old alleged that Davis sat next to her on a couch and molested her. The teenage girl told Waters that she left immediately.

Later, the 13-year-old alleged that Davis put his arm over her shoulder, which she removed while pushing and cursing at him.

During the interview, the victim told the investigator Davis was aware of the ages of her and the other 13-year-old victim and he “did not seem like the kind of person to do this kind of thing,” according to Vargas’ statement.

Davis is currently in the Latah County Jail with bail set for $20,000.