By Alison Gene Smith
TWIN FALLS - Police say two men broke into a hotel room and beat a man who is a registered sex offender.
Bradley Houser, 35, was charged with felony aggravated battery. A second man has not been arrested.
A police report by Twin Falls Police Officer Samir Smriko gives this account:
Just before 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, police say, police went to the Super 7 Motel at 320 Main Ave. following a battery call.
As police entered the hotel room they saw [name withheld], 69, washing blood off his head and arms. [name withheld] had a two-inch gash on his forehead and multiple cuts in other places.
[name withheld] told police that at about 10 p.m., two men came to his door and threatened him. [name withheld] recognized one from a previous encounter. The men said they were going to beat him up because of a past child sex abuse case.
In 2008, [name withheld] was convicted on six counts of lewd conduct with a minor younger than 16. He was sentenced to a three years in prison and made parole in November 2011. Prosecutors said Tuesday that it was unclear if the beating was connected to that case.
[name withheld] told police the two men, who smelled of alcohol, initially left his room because other people were around, but soon returned, closed the door behind them and started beating him.
The beating lasted for about 10 minutes. As he spoke to officers, [name withheld] grabbed his side in pain several times.
Paramedics arrived and [name withheld] declined to be taken to a hospital, but was informed he would need stitches on his head.
Police later found Houser in the 200 block of Alexander Street but couldn’t locate the other man.
Houser was extremely intoxicated and had to use a fence to hold himself up, police said. He told them he and another man who he didn’t know went to the hotel and [name withheld] swung at them.
Houser is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 6. Prosecutors will attempt to show that they have enough evidence to take Houser to trial.