Former probation officer goes to jail
Former probation officer Daniel Darwin Orders, age 32, was sentenced to two years fixed and eight years indeterminate in the Idaho Department of Correction Wednesday morning for two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one count of rape of a female under 16.
Orders was sentenced Wednesday morning by Judge David Nye.
As part of his sentence, Orders must register as a sex offender. Both sentences will be served concurrently.
On Oct. 19, Orders pleaded guilty to these charges.
The victims in each of these cases have 30 days to submit documentation for restitution, said Judge Nye.
During Orders' sentencing, the defense called psycho-sexual evaluation expert Dr. Kenneth Lindsey.
"[Orders] is a very motivated guy," said Lindsey. "He will do well in treatment.
"He jumped in head first," the doctor said. "He's one of the few guys to come in before his sentence."
Defense attorney Scott Axline said, "Dan knows he's going to prison. He is actively engaged in a sexual treatment program, having admitted there is a problem and is seeking help.
"He has been punished," Axline said. "He lost his dream job, is losing his wife and children and is having trouble getting a job."
"He has pled to the crime as charged," his attorney said. "He took no plea agreement and voluntarily sought help at his own expense."
"Dan will do whatever it takes to make it right with the victims, society and this court," Axline said. "What more could Dan do?"
Axline recommended that Orders not be sent to prison.
In his presentation, Bingham County assistant prosecuting attorney Randy Smith argued, "Less of a sentence would depreciate the seriousness of the crime.
"If Orders is not sentenced, it sends the wrong message to the community," he said.
Smith recommended jail time for Orders.
To Orders, Judge Nye said, "Your post-charge conduct has been very good, however, you were in a position of trust as a probation officer.
"You violated the trust of your victims, the state's trust in you and society's trust," he said.
"You were in the position you were in [as a probation officer] because of the state's trust in you," Nye said. "These girls were in your charge because they needed help making good choices."
After being sentenced, Orders was incarcerated in the Bingham County Jail until he can be transported to the Idaho Department of Correction.