Man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of teenage girl

Idaho Falls

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Ray Dean Andrus | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS — Police arrested an Idaho Falls man last week after he allegedly sexually abused a teenager earlier this year.

Ray Dean Andrus, 38, is charged with one felony count of sex abuse of a minor under 16. If convicted, Andrus could spend up to 25 years in prison.

The Idaho Falls Police Department made contact with the alleged victim on Jan. 28. She claimed that around Jan. 18, while staying at Andrus’s home on Elva Street, he started rubbing her breasts and kissing her neck and ear. The victim pushed Andrus away and told him to stop, according to court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com.

After the alleged incident, Andrus told the victim he was going to sleep in the same bed with her. She then left the home, court documents state.

Andrus told detectives he may have accidentally brushed the victim’s breast with his hand and admitted to kissing her neck but said he didn’t recall kissing her ear.

“I asked if there were any other girls around if he would kiss them and Ray said he may give them a hug and kiss on the neck. I asked why he would kiss these girls on the neck and he said because he wouldn’t kiss them on the lips,” a detective wrote in their report.

In the interview, Andrus said he felt kissing on the neck was not sexual or inappropriate, prompting investigators to have a discussion with him about what is and what is not appropriate.

After a warrant was obtained, police arrested Andrus and transported him to the Bonneville County Jail. Andrus appeared in court Monday for an arraignment where his bail is set at $75,000. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 3.

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