James Gordon Davis

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A Rigby man who was facing charges for sexually abusing two girls has been charged with intimidating a witness after he called their mother from jail.

A probable cause affidavit filed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office states James Gordon Davis, 38, called the victims’ mother seven times in August using other inmates’ Telmate accounts. No-contact orders had been issued between him, the victims and their mother when Davis was arrested.

Davis was arrested July 30 after the mother reported the sexual abuse to law enforcement. Both girls said Davis had forced them to perform sex acts over a three-year period and that he threatened them with violence if they did not cooperate. The mother told law enforcement she was afraid of Davis learning she had contacted law enforcement and that he had threatened her with a gun before.

Davis told the victims’ mother in several phone calls to refuse to take the stand so that he wouldn’t be sentenced, and asked her to save him.

The woman told Davis she would fight the subpoena and that she would “fight like hell” to prevent her kids or herself from having to testify. The two talked about running away together once he was released.

“(The victims’ mother) said she will do what she has to do so none of them have to testify,” the affidavit stated.

Davis told the mother not to talk to law enforcement, the prosecutor, or Child Protective Services. Davis also told the mother to convince her children to “clam up.” He told her multiple times to just not show up for court and to flee the county with the children.

The woman told Davis in a later call she was afraid of the legal consequences of disobeying the subpoena, and that she was concerned about losing custody of her children.

Davis was charged with four counts of intimidating a witness, each punishable with up to five years in prison. He also was charged with four counts of violating a no-contact order, each punishable with up to a year in jail.

Davis’ bond was set at $100,000, in addition to the $250,000 bond in the sex abuse case. A preliminary hearing in the witness intimidation case is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Jefferson County Courthouse. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 1:49 p.m. Jan. 14 in the lewd conduct case.

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

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