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Nampa couple pleads guilty to trying to set up sexual encounter with child

January 22, 2019
Kimberly Reidenbach

A Nampa couple now have sentencing hearings scheduled for March after they pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to set up a sexual encounter with an 11-year-old girl.

Mark Titgen, 35, and his wife, Kimberly Reidenbach, 26, each pleaded guilty to attempted lewd and lascivious conduct with a child younger than 16 years old. Those charges stem from an investigation by the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, during which authorities say the two tried to set the encounter up in late-October.

At a previous court hearing, a prosecutor told the court the child in question was an 11-year-old girl.

In court Thursday, Robert Chastain, Titgen’s attorney, said the investigation was “kind of a sting operation,” according to an audio recording of the hearing.

Although both pleaded guilty to the same charge, they likely face different sentences under their plea agreements. In Titgen’s case, the prosecutor, John Dinger, recommended a 15-year prison sentence, with three years fixed, and another 12 possible after that — but he asked the judge to retain jurisdiction, so Titgen would have a chance to complete a rider term. If he successfully completed that term, he would not face those years in prison.

Reidenbach’s plea agreement was different. While she, too, will likely receive a 15-year sentence, prosecutors did not ask for a rider term, and instead recommended a fixed four years in prison, followed by another possible 11 years.

During Thursday’s hearing, attorneys did not discuss the reason for the difference in sentencing recommendations.

Ultimately, though, as 4th District Court Judge Cheri Copsey pointed out, the sentences the two receive will be decided by the sentencing judge — in this case 4th District Court Judge Samuel Hoagland.

Titgen’s sentencing is scheduled for March 14. Reidenbach is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing March 28.

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