Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Richard W. Stewart, age 57, of Nampa, was sentenced by the Honorable Gene A. Petty on one felony count of Battery with Intent to Commit a Serious Felony.
Judge Petty sentenced Stewart to 10 years fixed, followed by 10 indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 20 years in prison. Judge Petty also ordered Stewart to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the Idaho database, and have no contact with the victim for a period of 20 years. Stewart was also ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and a $5,000 civil penalty along with court costs and restitution.
Stewart was arrested in September 2018 after a woman told Nampa Police that Stewart had sex with her without her consent. The victim told police that she was drinking with some friends at a Nampa residence and that she eventually went downstairs and fell asleep because she was intoxicated. According to detectives, the victim woke up shortly after 3:00 a.m. to find Stewart on top of her having sex with her. She told police that she freaked out and pushed him off of her before eventually leaving the house. When confronted about the incident, Stewart admitted to acquaintances that, “I did it. I messed up. I screwed up.”
“This case is a prime example of a man taking advantage of an intoxicated woman for his own sexual gratification,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “It is abhorrent and wrong. I hope today’s sentence sends a message that this activity will not be tolerated in Canyon County.”