BOISE -- Bond has been set at $1 million for a Star man arrested on sex abuse of a minor and lewd conduct charges.
Sixty-seven-year-old Michael Angus was arrested at his home in Star on Friday and charged with sexual abuse of a child and lewd conduct.
He was arraigned Monday before Magistrate Judge Cathleen Irby.
The complaint against Angus states that he engaged in lewd conduct with a 10-year-old girl one time in October. It also states he had sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl multiple times during a 12- to 18-month period. A report from the Ada County Sheriff's Office states the abuse occurred at Angus' home on Verdant Place in Star.
His defense attorney argued bond should be set at just $25,000.
I realize the severity and the sanctions are severe if he is convicted. We see these cases day in and day out in Ada County. You never see a million dollar bond with somebody who is 67 years old, no prior criminal history, gainfully employed, owns his home, ties to the community, and is not a risk. So based on that, I think $25,000 is appropriate. It will ensure Mr. Angus makes it to all court appearances.
The prosecuting attorney said $1 million bond is appropriate considering the charges.
I think the facts and the complaints speak for themselves in this case. The allegations are very serious. We have allegations of abuse against two very young girls in a short period of time. I think that given that, the report indicates the defendant has contact with minor children on a fairly regular basis and witnesses had stated he is very touchy with those children and it's been concerning to them.
The report from the Ada County Sheriff's Office indicated Angus has had access to many young children. Judge Irby asked the prosecuting attorney to explain how Angus has had contact with children. The attorney replied that he has been known to babysit a little girl up until recently.
Judge Irby agreed with the state and set bond for Angus at $1 million. He is due back in court on Dec. 5 for a preliminary hearing.
Ada County detectives are asking for the community's help to identify other possible victims, after receiving information that Angus has had access to many young children and spent time with children on multiple occasions. Including visits which were supervised and unsupervised by other adults.
Anyone who has information about the children who have been in Angus' care or who may have had contact with him are asked to call Ada County Sheriff's Office non-emergency dispatch at 377-3790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.