Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Violent Sexual Predator arrested

10-14-10 Violent Sexual Predator arrested

    Boise, Oct. 14, 2010 - Caldwell Police arrested a man this afternoon wanted for Lewd Conduct with an girl under age ten. Caldwell officers were assisting Boise Police after Ada County Prosecutors issued a warrant for the man's arrest. The suspect, already designated as a Violent Sexual Predator in Idaho because of his criminal past, is now accused of re-offending, and officers and prosecutors are concerned the suspect may have more victims.

    Arrested: Richard Joseph Wagner, 41, Caldwell

    Charge: Lewd Conduct with a Minor (F), 3 cts

    What Happened: Boise Police detectives with the Special Victims Unit began investigating a report of lewd conduct involving a girl under age ten and the suspect Wagner. The report was made to police in early July, 2010. According to witnesses, the illegal sexual contact between the suspect and the young victim occurred on at least three occasions at separate Boise locations during 2008 and 2009. On each occasion, the victim was left alone and in the care of the suspect. 

    An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect late yesterday. Boise Police contacted Caldwell Police who arrested the suspect at his Caldwell home this morning. The suspect was booked into the Canyon County Jail awaiting transport to Ada County to face the charges in court. 

    Additional Victims?Officers have learned the suspect, who is classified as a violent sexual predator, has a history of frequenting public places where children are present. Officers are asking anyone with information about the suspect that may help locate other potential victims to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest or additional charges filed against criminal suspects.

    For more on Idaho's Sex Offender Registration and a list of persons classified as Violent Sexual Predators, log onto: 

http://www.isp.idaho.gov/sor_id/home.html