Mountain Express: Local Actor Charged With Rape

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Dawson Howard, 31, is charged with rape and lewd conduct with a child under 16.
  • Courtesy Blaine County Sheriff's Department
  • Dawson Howard, 31, is charged with rape and lewd conduct with a child under 16.

A man known in the Wood River Valley for his appearance in numerous theatrical and musical productions faces two felony charges of having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that 31-year-old Dawson Howard recently had a leading role in a nexStage Theatre production of Twelfth Night.

But Howard was locked up after being formally charged with the crimes of rape and lewd conduct with a child under 16. Either crime is punishable by up to life in prison.

Prosecutors said Howard's relationship with the young girl dated back to 2008, when he was a camp counselor and the victim was enrolled in a drama camp. Law enforcement says the relationship continued online, and the two were together in August 2012.

Howard was released from the Blaine County Jail on Jan. 17 after posting $30,000 bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28.

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