Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Grand jury indicts sex crime suspects

Three Hailey men accused of exploiting 13-year-old girl


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

John Paul Silvia, Joshua Charon Jones, Skylar K. Vollmer

A Blaine County grand jury has indicted three Hailey men for alleged sex crimes against a 13-year-old girl.

The indictments were filed last Friday against John Paul Silvia, 18, Joshua Charon Jones, 19, and Skylar K. Vollmer, 18. The indictments remained sealed and unavailable for review by the Idaho Mountain Express as of press deadline Tuesday, but publicly available Blaine County court files say the charges in the indictments are the same, or may include additional charges, as those filed earlier against the men by the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

All three of the men had been charged in earlier criminal complaints with felony "possession of sexually exploitative material for other than commercial purposes" for allegedly using their cell phone cameras to record and store images of the unclad girl.

Silvia was also earlier charged in a criminal complaint with "sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16 years," while Jones was originally charged with "aid and abet sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16 years."

Vollmer, who was 17 at the time the alleged incident occurred, was earlier charged as a juvenile with "lewd conduct with a minor child under 16." Vollmer turned 18 on May 3 and was an adult when allegedly found in possession of sexually exploitative material.

As a matter of court procedure, grand jury indictments supersede criminal complaints filed earlier by a prosecuting attorney.

The three men were arrested on May 9 following an investigation by the Hailey Police Department and the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. The men allegedly enticed the girl into taking off her clothes and then recorded images of her during a party on April 30 at Jones' apartment on Shenandoah Drive in southern Hailey.

Jones and Vollmer remained incarcerated Tuesday in the Blaine County Jail. Jones is being held on $75,000 bond, while bail has been set at $100,000 for Vollmer.

Silvia, who court records say is a junior at Wood River High School, was released last week after posting a $25,000 bond.

It was unclear Tuesday whether or not he would be readmitted to the school.

Cathy Zaccardi, clerk of the board for the Blaine County School District, said student records for alleged disciplinary actions are not available to the public.

"There's not much that I can tell you," she said.




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