Ellwood Found Guilty of Eight Counts of Lewd Conduct with a Minor

An Idaho Falls man was found guilty Saturday evening of eight of the 12 charges brought against him.

According to the Post Register, the jury settled on a verdict around 4 p.m. William Joseph Ellwood, 37, was found guilty of seven counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one count of child sexual abuse by making an electronic recording or photograph.

 

Ellwood was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl multiple times over five years. The history came to light after the victim told her mother.

Throughout the investigation and trial, Ellwood maintained his innocence. The Post Register reported that the defense argued in court that the victim made the accusations out of dislike for Ellwood and that many of the sexual encounters she described made no sense or were physically impossible.

During the trial, Bonneville County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Dewey played a recording of a phone call the victim made to Ellwood with police present. Ellwood didn’t deny the sex abuse when mentioned by the victim during the call.

Ellwood is being held at the Bonneville County Jail pending payment of bond which was increased from $50,000 to $250,000 after the verdict was read.

Sentencing isscheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.