POCATELLO — A local man who sexually abused two boys numerous times starting when the children were toddlers was referred to as a “monster” when he was sentenced on Tuesday to serve up to four decades in prison.
During a hearing at the Bannock County Courthouse, Judge Rick Carnaroli sentenced Christopher Devar Ostergar, 28, of Pocatello, to up to 40 years in prison, including a minimum of 20 years behind bars before Ostergar is eligible for parole.
The mother of the two young victims called Ostergar a “monster” when she addressed the court during his sentencing, Bannock County prosecutors said.
In February, Ostergar was charged with one felony count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16 for molesting the one boy starting when he was age 3 and one count of felony sexual abuse of a minor child under the age of 16 for molesting the other boy starting when he was age 2.
The Bannock County Prossecutor’s Office agreed to dismiss the sexual abuse of a minor charge on the condition that Ostergar pleaded guilty to the lewd conduct charge, which he did in June.
Ostergar is related to both children, which is one reason why the sentence Carnaroli imposed was severe. The maximum sentence the judge could have imposed was life in prison.
When delivering the sentence, Carnaroli said it was Ostergar’s responsibility to protect the children, not inflict harm on them.
Authorities learned of the sexual abuse of the two boys after their mother contacted Pocatello police on Feb. 14 of this year.
On Feb. 15, police detectives asked Ostergar to come to Pocatello police headquarters for an interview. At the conclusion of the interview, Ostergar was arrested and transported to the Bannock County Jail. He remained at the jail throughout the adjudication of his case and is currently there awaiting transport to a state prison to start serving his sentence.
Ostergar repeatedly forced the two boys to molest each other and to perform sex acts on him, according to police.
The sexual abuse of the two boys began in 2016 and continued up to the time Ostergar was arrested this past February.
Ostergar also admitted that he would watch pornography and touch himself sexually in front of the boys, according to court records.
Initially, Ostergar lied to police detectives about the sexual abuse of the boys, but he later admitted to his actions, though he attempted to minimize what had actually happened, police said.
In addition to imposing a lengthy prison sentence, Carnaroli renewed no-contact orders between Ostergar and the victims that will not expire until Ostergar is released from prison and successfully completes his parole.
Ostergar must also register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.