Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Jason T. Simon, age 38, of Caldwell, was sentenced by the Honorable Juneal C. Kerrick on eight felony counts of  Manufacturing Sexually Exploitative Material and one felony count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Under Sixteen.

Booking photo for Jason T. Simon

Jason T. Simon

Judge Kerrick sentenced Simon to 10 years fixed, followed 20 years indeterminate, on the eight counts of Manufacturing Sexually Exploitative Material, and 10 years indeterminate on the Sexual Abuse of a Minor charge.  The sentences will run consecutively for a total unified sentence of 40 years in prison.  Judge Kerrick also ordered Simon to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the Idaho Database, and have no contact with the victim or her family for the duration of the sentence.  Simon was also ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty as well as court costs and reimbursement costs to his public defender and for his psycho sexual evaluation.

Simon was arrested in June 2016 on a felony warrant following an investigation by the Ada County Sherriff’s Office and Caldwell Police Department revealed he was in possession of multiple images of child pornography, including several photos and videos showing an 8-year-old girl that were manufactured by Simon himself.  The victim later told detectives that Simon, who was in a position of trust with the victim, was the one who took the pictures and videos of her.  She told detectives that Simon and her would go on secret “dates” together and that he would offer her candy and money in exchange for her cooperation.

During sentencing, Judge Kerrick stated, “Frankly, I’ve never had a case that concerned me like this has in terms of long-term impact on the victim and the long-term harm you pose.”

“Mr. Simon used his position of trust with this innocent young girl to groom her and incentivize her into doing things that no young girl should ever have to do,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor.  “This was a horrific crime that is going to have a lasting impact on a lot of people, and I’m thankful that Mr. Simon will be behind bars so they can begin the healing process.”