• Juan Urias of Idaho Falls was convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl. Shindurling sentenced Urias to three months to one year in the rider program with the possibility of prison if Urias does not complete treatment.
  • David Lynn Bell is a convicted offender and now a registered sex offender who is already back in the community. Bell admitted to sexually abusing a teenager and causing her great emotional harm. He was given 90 days in jail and probation.

Despite those rulings, Shindurling said most sex offenders do receive a prison sentence.

“There's not one district judge in the state who has a soft heart toward sex offenders,” Shindurling said.

But with most child victims refusing to come forward out of fear, guilt and shame, Demkowicz said the state needs to step up and defend those who have the bravery to speak out. She's asking all Idahoans to join her in contacting Idaho lawmakers and demanding a minimum prison sentence for sex offenders.
“If someone steals $10,000 out of the bank we don't say, 'Lets put you in treatment.' And that's just money. These are little kids. Little tiny, innocent children,” she said. “And you say, 'Lets put you into treatment, but there's no penalty associated with that.' I think it just doesn't make sense to me. I don't think we're honoring our children. I don't think we're talking about how difficult it was for that child to come forth. How hard it is that their lives have changed. How hard it was that they were abused.”