ADA COUNTY, Idaho | A Clear Lake business owner was sentenced to at least three years in Idaho prison after he took a plea deal for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old in southwestern Idaho.
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.
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.
He owns the Ladybug Cafe at 1714 Seventh Ave. N., in Clear Lake, with his wife, Wendy, according to the restaurant's website.
According to court documents, Ruby will serve a minimum of three years and could serve a maximum of 12 years.
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.
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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.
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 the agreement, prosecutors recommended less than the maximum prison sentence and dropped the no-contact order violation charges.