ADA COUNTY, Idaho | A Clear Lake business owner who took a plea deal for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old in southwestern Idaho will be sentenced in October.
Scott Lee Ruby, 58, of Clear Lake, was initially charged with one count of felony lewd conduct with a child under 16 on Feb. 22. In Idaho law, the charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
He owns the Ladybug Cafe at 1714 Seventh Ave. N., in Clear Lake, with his wife, Wendy, according to the restaurant's website.
Ruby was accused of committing a “lewd and lascivious act upon the body of a minor,” a 7-year-old child, between Jan. 27 and Feb. 21 in Ada County, according to court documents obtained by the Globe Gazette. Boise is county seat of Ada County.
Ruby was arrested and held in the Ada County Jail on a $750,000 bond. A no-contact order was issued Feb. 23.
According to an indictment from a grand jury, the case was expanded and Ruby was charged with three counts of felony lewd conduct with a minor under 16 on April 10.
On June 28, Ruby was also charged with seven misdemeanor no-contact order violations from March 16 through May 11.
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Ruby was accused of having contact with a child protected by the no-contact order on March 16, March 20, March 24, April 5, April 13, April 29 and May 11.
According to Ada County Jail records, Ruby remains jailed on a $750,000 bond, plus $1,000 for the no-contact order violations.
On Aug. 13, Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Jan M. Bennetts filed amended trial information as part of a plea agreement. Ruby pleaded guilty to a lesser felony, sexual abuse of a child under 16. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.
According to the agreement, prosecutors will recommend less than the maximum prison sentence and drop the no-contact order violation charges. A psychosexual evaluation was also ordered.
Ruby is scheduled to be sentenced in Ada County District Court Oct. 15.