A man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl was sentenced Monday to probation after doubts were raised about the allegation.
Kalin Christensen, 21, was arrested in December and charged with rape where the victim is 16 or 17 years of age and the perpetrator is three years or more older. The charge was reduced to injury to a child as part of a plea agreement. The reduced charge means Christensen won’t have to register as a sex offender.
The victim told a Health and Welfare employee she went to get ice cream with Christensen in May 2017, but he drove her to Iona Hill instead. The victim said the two began kissing and briefly had sex, and that Christensen did not stop when the victim said she was uncomfortable.
Christensen denied that the brief sex was rape, saying the victim was the aggressor, that he had been reluctant to have sex because she was underage, and that he stopped out of shame.
Bonneville County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Dewey said in court Monday that he gave greater consideration to Christensen’s story after he was asked about the incident during a polygraph examination. The polygraph indicated Christensen was being honest, leading to the reduced charge of injury to a child.
Christensen said the case had “put a damper on my life,” and apologized.
District Judge Dane Watkins Jr. told Christensen his statements were not remorseful enough, and he needed to take responsibility for what happened.
“You look at the environment that this occurred in, and you were the adult,” Watkins said.
Christensen was sentenced to 10 years probation, though Watkins said it may be reduced in the future. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, given a $1,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and required to receive sex offender treatment.
Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.