By GEORGE PRENTICE
An Idaho County sheriff's deputy is behind bars after pleading guilty Thursday to a felony charge of sexual battery in connection with his relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
In December, we first told you about 31-year-old Daniel Funderburg, who was placed on administrative leave in early December after being charged with lewd and lascivious contact. Prosecutors alleged that Funderburg had sex with the underage girl at his house, and that the girl had contracted a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the encounters.
Funderburg's sentencing is set for Tuesday, March 12, and a plea agreement is expected to include a three- to six-year suspended prison sentence, a fine, some local jail time, and completion of a sexual offender course.
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that prosecutors are also deciding whether to file criminal charges against Idaho County Undersheriff Jim Gorges, who allegedly tried to get the mother of the victim in the case to drop the charges.
Funderburg remains at the Lewis County Jail on a $250,000 bond.