Coeur d'Alene Man Gets 25 Years For Sexually Abusing Children - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Coeur d'Alene Man Gets 25 Years For Sexually Abusing Children

Posted: Updated:
A 32-year-old Coeur d'Alene man will spend at least the next 25 years in prison for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct and Sexual Battery of a Minor Under 16. A 32-year-old Coeur d'Alene man will spend at least the next 25 years in prison for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct and Sexual Battery of a Minor Under 16.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A 32-year-old Coeur d'Alene man will spend at least the next 25 years in prison for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct and Sexual Battery of a Minor Under 16. District Judge Fred Gibler sentenced Justin Wheeler on Monday to at least 25 years and up to life in prison.

Wheeler plead guilty to the charges back in October of 2013. Five months earlier, the Coeur d'Alene Police began investigating reports that Wheeler had inappropriate sexual contact with children ranging from 5 to 12 years old. During their investigation, Wheeler admitted to detectives that he had sexually abused several young children. 

Several of the victims' family members testified against Wheeler at the sentencing hearing, and Judge Gibler listened to that testimony and took into account Wheeler's "ongoing predatory conduct" when handing down the potential life sentence. The sentence guarantees that Wheeler will not be released from prison until 2039, and will only be released if the Bureau of Corrections determines he can be released back into society, while adequately protecting children. 
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Action Cam: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream At 'The Scoop!'

    Action Cam: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream At 'The Scoop!'

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:22:00 GMT
    KHQ.COM - This morning Jennifer Davis, owner of "The Scoop" ice cream shop, showed Matt Rogers how she makes ice cream with liquid nitrogen! MORE INFO: http://www.thescoopspokane.com/More >>
    KHQ.COM - This morning Jennifer Davis, owner of "The Scoop" ice cream shop, showed Matt Rogers how she makes ice cream with liquid nitrogen! MORE INFO: http://www.thescoopspokane.com/More >>
  • PHOTOS: Share your back-to-school pics!

    PHOTOS: Share your back-to-school pics!

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:18:59 GMT
    KHQ.COM - School is starting! Everyone knows the drill right? Before you can run out the door and jump on the bus, mom always has to snag a picture to remember her little baby growing up through the years! We want to see those photos! Whether they are from this year, last year or 50 years ago, send us the photos of your first day of school!More >>
    KHQ.COM - School is starting! Everyone knows the drill right? Before you can run out the door and jump on the bus, mom always has to snag a picture to remember her little baby growing up through the years! We want to see those photos! Whether they are from this year, last year or 50 years ago, send us the photos of your first day of school!More >>
  • Demonstrators block tracks in Everett

    Demonstrators block tracks in Everett

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:14:55 GMT
    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — About a dozen demonstrators blocked railroad tracks Tuesday morning at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest. Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says some have chained themselves to the tracks.More >>
    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — About a dozen demonstrators blocked railroad tracks Tuesday morning at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest. Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says some have chained themselves to the tracks.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.