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Couple charged with kidnapping, sex crimes involving teenager

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Joshua Stemen and Valerie Hatfield

SALMON — A man and woman accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenager were arraigned Tuesday in Lemhi County.

Joshua Stemen, 39, and Valerie Hatfield, 26, are accused of holding a 15-year-old girl against her will for five hours beginning on Oct. 29 and ending on Oct. 30.

Court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com show Stemen allegedly performed sexual acts on the teenager. Investigators say Hatfield then forced the girl to perform sexual acts on Hatfield. Documents do not indicate how the victim met the suspects.

The victim went to Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon for a sexual assault exam on Oct. 30 and met with police the next day. Stemen and Hatfield were arrested and booked into the Lemhi County Jail on Oct. 31.

Stemen is charged with two felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor, one felony count of first degree kidnapping, possessing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Hatfield is charged with one felony count of lewd conduct with a minor, one felony count of first degree kidnapping, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The pair are scheduled for separate jury trials in March.

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