Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Carl L. Batton, age 43, of Boise, was sentenced by the Honorable Matthew J. Roker on two felony counts of Lewd Conduct with a Child Under 16.

Booking photo for Carl L. Batton

Carl L. Batton

Judge Roker sentenced Batton to 13 years fixed, followed by life indeterminate.  Judge Roker also ordered Batton to submit a DNA sample to the Idaho database and to have no contact with the victim or any minor children for the duration of the sentence. Batton was also ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty to the victim. The State had recommended a sentence of 25 years fixed, followed by life indeterminate.

Batton, a registered sex offender, was arrested in June 2021 following investigations by the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office that revealed he had sexually abused an underage family member numerous times over the course of several years. The female victim told detectives that Batton started sexually abusing her when she was only six years old and that the abuse continued until she was 11-years-old. During an interview with detectives, Batton later confessed to sexually abusing the victim over a five to six-year span. Court records show that Batton had three previous convictions for the crime of child molestation in the 1990s when he was a resident of the State of Washington.

“This man admitted to my detectives that he “pretty much raped” his own underage family member on multiple occasions starting when she was only six years old,” said Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “The amount of trauma he inflicted on her is unfathomable, and he deserves to be behind bars where he can no longer prey on innocent victims.”

Prosecutor Bryan Taylor added, “this was the defendant’s fourth conviction of sexual abuse of a minor offense in the last 30 years. He is the definition of a sexual predator, and there is no doubt he belongs in prison for the protection of society. My only hope is that the victim can find some semblance of closure so that she can begin the healing process.”