- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A long-haul truck driver from Coeur d’Alene who served as a church youth camp counselor has pleaded guilty to abusing underage boys in Spokane, Washington, and Kootenai counties.

Kevin Sloniker, 30, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to molesting seven boys between the ages of 8 and 14, The Spokesman-Review reported (https://bit.ly/1QJHdEg). He is scheduled to be sentenced July 13 and faces up to seven consecutive life sentences.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the Kootenai County prosecutor’s office agreed not to pursue other charges, including production of child pornography for photos Sloniker allegedly made of two of the boys.

Sloniker was arrested Sept. 14 in Menomonie, Wisconsin, after a joint investigation by the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls police. He was later extradited to Idaho.

In an Oct. 9 interview with police, Sloniker admitted to fondling nine boys, having oral sex with some of them and raping one over the past 10 years, according to court documents. He said he wanted help for his addiction to touching young boys.

Prosecutors said Sloniker met and befriended boys in his role as a youth camp counselor at Immaculate Conception Church in Post Falls. The church is part of the Society of Saint Pius X, a traditionalist group with no canonical standing in the Roman Catholic Church.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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