Sentencing hearing for N. Idaho man who abused children postponed

Sentencing hearing for N. Idaho man who abused children postponed
Kootenai County Jail
Porter Averett took a plea deal that dropped 14 of 18 felony charges he was originally charged with. 

The sentencing hearing for a 20-year-old North Idaho man who pleaded guilty to paying minors for sex was postponed until October.

Porter K. Averett took a plea agreement, admitting to three counts of lewd conduct with a minor and one count of sexual abuse of a child.

According to court documents, Averett was originally charged with 18 felonies, including lewd conduct with a child, sexual abuse of a child and prostitution. Fourteen of those charged were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Court documents detail the graphic encounters Averett had with several young boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 15.

Rathdrum Police arrested Averett after a woman found lewd pictures of him and explicit text messages on her 15-year-old grandson’s phone. After talking with her grandson, police launched a larger investigation which led them to find other victims.

Documents state Averett would frequently demand oral sex in exchange for rides, food, cigarettes and money.

According to police reports, Averett would often have sex with the victims in his car. Some of the incidents happened near the Rathdrum Cemetery and the parking lot of a Baptist church. One account details Averett having sex with an underage boy while that boy was high on marijuana. The witness said the victim did not give Averett permission to do.

Averett is currently being held in the Kootenai County Jail until his sentencing hearing this fall.