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Man sent to prison for rape of teenage boy

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IDAHO FALLS — A local man is going to prison for raping a 15-year-old boy in 2017.

Richard Dwayne Hensley, 26, received a one- to 10-year prison sentence Monday from District Judge Dane H. Watkins Jr. Hensley pleaded guilty to rape of a minor under 16 after forcing a teenage boy to engage in sex acts with him and Austin Gene Ferguson, 28.

A plea agreement filed in this case did not appear in the court file.

Police spoke with the victim and Ferguson, who both said the three were drinking before the incident. The victim said Hensley made him perform sexual activities with the two men. Both Hensley and Ferguson said the victim lied about his age, and they believed he was either an adult or close to being an adult.

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Ferguson described the encounter in the same way as the victim but told police the sex was consensual, according to court documents. Under Idaho law, a minor can not legally consent to sex with an adult.

Ferguson has pleaded not guilty to the same rape charge Hensley faced and is scheduled for a status conference on Jan. 10.

In addition to the prison sentence, court records show Watkins ordered Hensley to pay $1,545.50 in fees and fines.

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