Sex offender sentenced to several years for raping a child

IDAHO FALLS — A repeat offender who ran from police for months was convicted Monday of multiple rapes of a child.

Deon Ellington Waynewood, 41, was sentenced to eight to 25 years in prison by District Judge Dane Watkins Jr.

Waynewood was originally charged with three counts of sexually assaulting a child, one count of lewd behavior involving a child, and four amendments that would have required Waynewood’s conviction to the minimum possible sentence — 15 years in prison — for each gender abuse charge.

But nearly all charges and amendments were dismissed under a settlement agreement in which Waynewood agreed to plead guilty to one charge of sexual assault against children.

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Waynewood was arrested in 2019 after a victim reported in 2018 that he sexually assaulted her multiple times over a two-year period.

Waynewood was already a registered sex offender at the time of the 2018 attack, having been convicted of sexually assaulting a child in Colorado in 2000.

In 2015 he was also convicted of child seduction and unlawful association with school children, all misdemeanors. As part of his probation, according to court documents, he should have no contact with minors.

In December 2018, an Idaho Falls police officer responded to a high school after a 16-year-old student reported that Waynewood had sexually abused her.

The victim said she had panic attacks from the abuse so she told one of her friends what had happened and the friend convinced her to report it.

The officer asked the victim to explain the abuse, after which she explained Waynewood had “forced her to have sex with him” for the past two years.

She told the officer she wasn’t well days ago, and Waynewood gave her marijuana to smoke and a pill that she said would help with nausea. He then attacked her.

The victim estimated that she had been attacked more than 10 times but less than 100 times. She also told officers she had kept the clothes she was wearing and the sheets she was assaulted on as evidence.

The victim described an incident in 2017 in which Waynewood grabbed her by the throat before pushing her down and attacking her.

When the victim started crying, “Deon stopped and patted her on the knee and said he was just kidding and wanted to have a nice day,” according to the court documents.

Officers applied for an arrest warrant for Waynewood in January 2019 for failing to register as a sex offender, but Waynewood refused to speak to police without an attorney.

After testing and comparing the DNA on the sheets and clothing to Waynewood’s DNA, he was arrested in April 2019 and sent to the Bonneville County Jail, where his bail was set at $500,000.

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Waynewood asked a judge to reduce his bail multiple times, with Bonneville County prosecutors objecting each time. After a March 2020 hearing, Judge Watkins reduced bail to $150,000, which Waynewood released.

He then made his escape, with US Marshals sending out alerts to keep an eye out for him.

Waynewood was eventually found by police in Arapahoe County, Colorado, in June 2021. The US Marshal’s Office arrested him shortly after an arrest warrant was issued for him. Despite an Idaho warrant that did not include bail, a Colorado court posted bail of $10,000, which Waynewood posted shortly thereafter.

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Waynewood did not participate in a retrial, and Watkins signed a $750,000 warrant for his arrest. The new warrant called for Waynewood to be returned to Idaho Falls.

After another four months on the run, Waynewood was arrested again by police in October 2021, this time in Maricopa County, Arizona.

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Waynewood arrived at the Bonneville County Jail after spending three months behind bars in Arizona.

Waynewood’s court hearings were repeatedly postponed after he claimed he was part of the Moorish sovereign citizens’ movement and should not be charged under Idaho law.

Waynewood’s bail eventually lapsed.

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