I.F. man charged for raping minor


An Idaho Falls man was charged last week with rape after he reportedly took a 16-year-old girl to Iona Hill this spring and forced her to have sex.

Kalin Christensen, 20, was friends with the victim’s family, according to an affidavit by Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Williamson.

Court records said the two went to get ice cream in May, but the victim said Christensen instead drove to Iona Hill. The victim said Christensen began touching and kissing her, and did not stop when she said she was uncomfortable. The two briefly had sex before the victim again refused, according to Williamson’s report.

The victim moved away from Christensen, got dressed and asked him to take her home. Christensen then asked the victim to perform another sex act, and when she refused he forced her down and raped her, Williamson’s report said.

Christensen denied raping the victim when interviewed by Williamson. He said the idea to have sex was the girl’s, and that he was reluctant because of her age. Christensen said they briefly had sex, but he stopped out of shame.

Christensen was charged with rape where the victim is 16 or 17 years of age and the perpetrator is three years or more older. Rape is punishable with a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum of life.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 20.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.