Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Carey man accused of raping foster child

Suspect allegedly had sex with 13-year-old girl

Express Staff Writer

Brian Jake Adamson

A 20-year-old Carey man has been charged with rape for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl who at the time was in foster care with the man's parents.

Brian Jake Adamson was formally charged with the crime on Thursday, April 17, in Blaine County Magistrate Court. He was represented at the hearing by attorney Kevin Cassidy of The Roark Law Firm in Hailey. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 30. Adamson was released from custody after posting $5,000 bond.

Cassidy said at Adamson's initial court hearing that his client is a longtime Carey resident who now resides in Twin Falls where he is a student at the College of Southern Idaho. Cassidy said that his client has no criminal history.

Court records state that Adamson is the son of Craig and Betty Adamson, who had two children in foster care at their home in Carey at the time of the alleged sexual encounter between Brian Adamson and the 13-year-old girl. The other was a 15-year-old girl. Court records further state that both girls were removed from the Adamsons' home in early 2008.

The rape charge against Brian Adamson resulted from a lengthy investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. Detective Steve Harkins wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed with the court that he was contacted by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on March 27 concerning the "possible sexual abuse of two foster children."

Both Brian Adamson and his younger brother, 17-year-old Heith Adamson, were investigated in the case but only Brian Adamson was charged.

Harkins further wrote that the alleged sexual encounter between Brian Adamson and the 13-year-old girl occurred in October of last year following a Carey High School home football game. Harkins alleged in the affidavit that both Brian Adamson and the girl were intoxicated at the time.

Brian Adamson allegedly "inappropriately touched" the girl while the two were in the "suspect's vehicle, a green type truck" but the "sexual intercourse occurred at the Adamsons' residence," Harkins wrote in the affidavit.

Harkins further wrote that one piece of evidence in the case is a diary that the girl kept, in which the girl confessed to having "lost her virginity to a person named Brian."

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