Dustin J. Andrew

Dustin J. Andrew

A Pocatello man was bound over for trial Tuesday after a woman struggled through her testimony of childhood sexual abuse in a preliminary hearing in 1st District Court.

According to the alleged victim, 47-year-old Dustin John Andrew forced her to perform oral sex on him throughout her childhood, until she was about 13 years old.

She told Judge Kevin Allen that the sexual abuse occurred on at least a weekly basis — so often that it became a matter of routine — and continued for several years until another girl was invited to participate.

Tuesday’s preliminary hearing included testimony from the other girl, who said she refused to engage in sexual activity with Andrews and told the alleged victim “you don’t need to be doing this.”

The allegations date back to the mid-1980s when Andrews was a teenager living in Lewiston, and while the woman said she told numerous people over the years, she did not contact police until Nov. 2018.

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office requested a warrant for his arrest on May 3, and Andrews was picked up three days later in Pocatello, where he is currently living.

Andrews was charged with one count of sodomy on a child, a first-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a second-degree felony.

After he was bound over to stand trial on all three charges, Andrews entered a not guilty plea. He is currently scheduled to return to court on Aug. 26.

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Amy Macavinta is the crime reporter for The Herald Journal. She can be reached at amacavinta@hjnews.com.