Caldwell father pleads guilty to five lewd conduct charges

    Lester and Sarah Kester. (Photos courtesy Canyon County Jail.)

    CALDWELL — Lester Kester Jr. pleaded guilty to all five counts of lewd conduct with a minor Thursday in the 3rd District Courthouse, the Idaho Press reports.

    County prosecutors offered the deal in agreement that they would not pursue other charges, including possession of sexually exploitative material of a child.

    In July, Kester was charged with five counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16 on accusations he had been molesting his four daughters for years. In October, Kester received a fifth charge of felony lewd conduct with a minor against another female relative.

    The charges alleged that each victim was abused for years. However, Kester gave Judge Bradly Ford different dates he believed the conduct occurred. These dates fell within the years of alleged abuse, but were for much shorter periods than the charges claimed.

    Kester did admit during Thursday's court appearance to various sexual acts on each of the five victims.

    He will undergo a psychosexual evaluation prior to his sentencing, which is set for Jan. 23, 2019.

    Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin said the county plans to ask for at least six years in prison if the evaluation finds he is at a low-risk to reoffend. However, if he is found to be a high-risk for reoffending, the county is open for recommendations to his sentence.

    Kester could face up to life in prison for the charges.

    Kester’s wife, Sarah Kester, took an Alford plea in October on a felony injury to child charge. She was accused of failing to report her husband’s alleged sexual abuse for years. Her sentencing is set for January where she could face up to 10 years in prison for the charge.

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