A plea agreement was reach in federal court in the case against Andrew T. Molick, 38, of Victor.
Last fall Molick pled not guilty to 10 felony counts of Child-Sexual Exploitation by Willfully Possessing or Accessing Sexually Exploitative Material in front of then District Court Judge Gregory Moeller. In a plea agreement in federal court, Assistant United States Attorney John Shirts said Molick pled guilty to one count of possession of sexually explicit images of minors, an offense that could carry a maximum 20 years in prison.
Molick changed his plea on Tuesday, June 4. His sentencing is set for September 9.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced in September 2018 that investigators with his Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Unit charged Molick with alleged sexual exploitation of a child. The Teton County Sheriff’s Office, the Teton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations assisted the ICAC Unit in the arrest in September. Molick was charged with 10 counts and each charge could carry a 10-year prison term and registration with the Idaho sex offender registry.
The case had been scheduled in Teton County before it was vacated last month. Judge Moeller scheduled the case locally in case something went awry with the federal process then Molick would be on the district court calendar.
Judge Moeller asked if a protection order would be necessary in this case should any local children be involved. Both attorneys in local court said that no local children were involved and the victims were accessed online.
Molick posted a $75,000 bond, but after the plea agreement was reached in June, the judge put him on home detention pending his sentencing.
Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children is encouraged to contact local police, the Attorney General’s ICAC Unit at 208-334-4527, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.