Lucas Gerla

Lucas Gerla, 30, Boise, was arrested by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office for lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

BOISE — Authorities have arrested a Boise man for allegedly having illegal sexual contact with a young girl from Kuna multiple times since 2013.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that Lucas J. Gerla, 30, is being held on suspicion of lewd conduct. He was arrested Saturday and is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $750,000 bond.

Detectives began an investigation Friday after a third party contacted Kuna Police, who then reached out to Ada County Sheriff detectives amid allegations the illegal encounters occurred in a Boise area home.

Evidence and witness statements collected by investigators indicates the abuse began in 2013 and that the victim was known to Gerla.

Gerla is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 1. If convicted of lewd conduct, Gerla faces up to life in prison.

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