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Convicted pedophile wanders back to jail

A 78-year-old convicted child molester and Alzheimer's patient is back behind bars after a computer glitch gave him a monthlong vacation. Clinton Tidquist, a former aide on a school bus in the Vallivue School District convicted of fondling a five-year-old, was let out of Canyon County jail 35 days early after the jail staff miscalculated his year-long sentence. He was found living in Twin Falls County and was asked to return to jail.

Tidquist was accused in 2002 of molesting a girl on the special needs bus on which he worked. According to police reports at the time, Tidquist also alluded during questioning to a different occasion where his molestation of a boy went unreported to police. He was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison in 2003, and a $1.8 million civil suit was filed against him, his employer Brown Bus Company, and Vallivue School District by the victim's mother.

A year before his accidental release, however, Tidquist was also let out earlier than his original sentence--five to 10 years earlier, actually, because Canyon County prosecutors factored in Tidquist's age and his affliction with Alzheimer's and reduced his punishment to a suspended sentence and probation. Tidquist responded to the favor by neglecting, whether intentionally or because of his Alzheimer's, almost every term in his probation. First, he moved to a house less than a half-mile from that of his victim. Then he did not register as a sex offender in a timely manner, disregarded court demands that he wear an electronic monitoring device and was uncooperative with law enforcement while taking a pair of polygraph tests. He was supposed to face a full year of jail time as punishment for the offenses.

When Tidquist is properly released in mid-January, he will be ordered to leave Canyon County and never return.

The Menthol Marauders

Apparently the New Year's resolution to quit smoking didn't work. Only two days and 33 minutes into the year, a pair of local stick-up artists suffered such a dastardly nic-fit that they strong-armed a Maverik Country Store on Five Mile Road, taking an undisclosed amount of money and eight packs of Newport cigarettes.

At 12:33 a.m., a 5'10" white male and a 6'2" black male entered the convenience store and began shouting orders and pushing the clerk around--both classic symptoms of withdrawals from the smooth minty tang of Newport. While neither culprit brandished a weapon, they nonetheless made off with plenty of green--both cash and retro Newport packaging, which has risen in recent years to be the most popular butt among young smokers.

Ada County Sheriffs are encouraging anyone with information about these brand-loyal bandits to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

A second robbery, still no weapon

On the opposite end of the robbery etiquette spectrum, a man ripped off the Idaho Banking Company on East Parkcenter Blvd. on Monday, January 3, with nothing more than a well-written note. At approximately 9:40 a.m., witnesses say a short white male donning gray whiskers entered the bank and handed a teller a note stating that he had a weapon and required funding not to use it. The polite thief was approximately 5'4" and wearing a blue hoodie, navy blue cap, sunglasses, baggy jeans and white sneakers. He departed into the nearby Greenbelt area, rife with pedestrians, with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police searched the surrounding region but did not find the diminutive robber. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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