Rape arrest

Bill David Gonyer

A Baker County man is in jail in Idaho, awaiting extradition to Oregon on charges that he raped and sexually abused a minor girl.

Bill David Gonyer, 73, was arrested Dec. 28 in Ada County, Idaho, on a Baker County warrant that includes first-, second- and third-degree rape, sex abuse and sodomy, using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct and other charges.

The incidents, which are alleged to have happened in Baker County between May 1, 2019, and Dec. 20, 2019, involve a girl known to Gonyer, according to court documents.

He is being held in lieu of $1,128,000 bail as he awaits extradition, the documents state.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched Gonyers’ property at 35002 Stices Gulch Road, about 12 miles south of Baker City, on Dec. 24, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office applied for the search warrant after receiving a report on Dec. 12 regarding the sexual abuse of a minor. After conducting the search, deputies learned that Gonyer was in Boise, and they worked with Idaho police to arrange for Gonyer to be arrested.

The case will next go to a Baker County grand jury.

Gonyer is currently charged with these crimes, totalling 20 separate counts related to the sexual assault of a child: first-degree rape; second-degree rape; third-degree rape; first-degree sexual abuse, two counts; second-degree sexual abuse, two counts; third-degree sexual abuse, two counts; first-degree sodomy, two counts; second-degree sodomy, two counts; third-degree sodomy; second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts; using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct; luring a minor; and contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, two counts.

Eleven of the charges carry mandatory minimum prison sentences upon conviction. They are each count of first-degree sodomy, sexual abuse and rape, Class A felonies, eight years and four months in prison; using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, also a Class A felony, five years and 10 months; and second-degree sodomy, sexual abuse and rape, Class B felonies, which carry mandatory minimum prison terms of six years and three months.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, and the Boise VA Medical Center Police.

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