Idaho woman, 34, who filmed having sex with teens was caught by husband in family hot tub with minor
Amanda Katherine Steele has now opted to take her case to a jury and has pleaded not guilty to sex crimes involving multiple teenagers
Thirty four-year-old Amanda Katherine Steele was arrested by police officials after her ex-husband told them that he had caught her in the family hot tub with a teenage boy. The ex-husband reported to the police after his divorce from Steele and contacted authorities in July 2019. He said that Steele admitted to having sex with underage boys.
He also admitted that he was initially more concerned about saving their marriage than telling the officials the truth as an investigation into Steele had begun in 2017 after her father in law called the authorities after hearing rumors about a group of boys hanging out with his daughter-in-law in Butte County.
She was charged with three felony counts of child sexual battery committed by lewd conduct. Steele has now opted to take her case to a jury and she pleaded not guilty to sex crimes involving multiple teenagers. She appeared in Butte County District Court for an arraignment.
According to a report in The Sun, the enforcement's investigation led to multiple witness accounts of boys confessing to engaging in sexual activity with Steele in 2016. One such encounter was allegedly also recorded on camera. It was also stated that the witnesses considered the encounter consensual, however, Steele was charged because, under Idaho law, a 16 and 17-year-old cannot consent to sex with adults who are five or more years older than them.
The investigation was stalled in 2018 when neither witnesses nor Steele gave specific answers during the interviews. When the investigators spoke to one of the teenagers again in 2019, that is when he confessed to having sex with Steele while he was underage and also said that they used a GoPro camera to record one of their encounters, however, the computer that had the file was reportedly destroyed.
A deputy wrote in his report, "(The victim) told me he knew several of his friends had sex with her too but didn’t know anyone else besides (a second victim) had been under 18."
At the time of arrest, Steele had moved to Soda Springs and it was here that she was booked by the Caribou County Deputies in November 2019 on a warrant and posted the $50,000 bond. The jury trial is set to take place on June 10 in Butte County and if she were to be convicted, each charge holds a maximum sentence of life in prison.