Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Harlan T. Kautz, age 40, of Caldwell, was sentenced by the Honorable Gene A. Petty for the felony crime of Assault With Intent to Commit a Serious Felony.
Judge Petty sentenced Kautz to 6 years fixed, followed by 9 years indeterminate, for a total unified sentence of 15 years in prison. Judge Petty also ordered Kautz to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the Idaho database, and have no contact with the victim for the duration of the sentence. Kautz was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine along with court costs and a $5,000 civil penalty.
Kautz was arrested on January 6, 2018 after a 23-year-old female victim called 911 and reported she was the victim of a rape. The victim told police that she had been hanging out with her roommates and Kautz the night before, drinking and eating pizza. The victim said that she eventually went to bed and fell asleep around midnight. According to police, she woke up a short time later from what she thought was a dream and realized that Kautz was lying next to her. The victim reported that Kautz was touching and rubbing her in a sexual manner, which she never consented to. She then forcefully pushed Kautz off of her and told him to get out of her room. Kautz returned to her room approximately ten minutes later to apologize, at which point the victim took the drawers from her dresser and barricaded them in front of her door. She then called her parents and the police to report the incident, and was subsequently taken to a local hospital for a sexual assault exam.
Court records show that Kautz has multiple prior felony convictions, including a felony domestic violence conviction in 2016 in which he served prison time. He was out on parole for less than two months before being arrested for this incident.
During sentencing, Judge Petty stated, “he has a serious issue with women…women in our society need some protection from this defendant.”
“Mr. Kautz has caused tremendous harm to the victim in this case, so much so that she moved out of the area to get away from him and hopefully begin the healing process,” said Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin. “On top of that, he’s been deemed a high risk to reoffend and his criminal history shows that he is a persistent violator. He absolutely belongs in prison for the protection of society.”