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Man convicted in child's videotaped sexual assault - What should the sentence be?

 Story Highlights

  • Chester Arthur Stiles guilty of all counts in child sex video case
  • Sentencing for Stiles scheduled for May 8
  • Stiles could be sent to prison for the rest of his life
  • Tape surfaced in 2007, years after alleged assault
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    (CNN) -- After deliberating for more than four hours, a jury convicted a Nevada man of 22 counts Tuesday for videotaping himself sexually assaulting a toddler, CNN affiliates report.

    Chester Arthur Stiles has been convicted of videtaping a sexual assault on a child.

    Chester Arthur Stiles has been convicted of videtaping a sexual assault on a child.

    Chester Arthur Stiles, 38, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. He was convicted of lewdness with a child, sexual assault with a minor, attempted sexual assault with a minor and other related charges.

    He showed no reaction as the verdict was read after more than four hours of jury deliberations, according to KLAS. Sentencing was set for May 8.

    The crime triggered a national manhunt and search for the girl when the tape surfaced in 2007.

    Jurors in Stiles' trial viewed the videotape, but the judge would not allow members sitting in the gallery to view it, and a screen was put up to block the jury box, said Michael Sommermeyer, spokesman for Clark County, Nevada, courts. Some members of the media were allowed to view the tape as well, but the judge did not want the reactions of reporters or the public to influence jurors, he said.

    The charges also related to another girl who Stiles was accused of sexually assaulting on videotape.

    The tape was given to authorities in September 2007 by a man who said he had found it in the desert five months before. On it, police found images of the small girl being sexually assaulted.

    After attempting unsuccessfully to find out the girl's identity, authorities turned to the media for help and released a picture of the girl, and the case drew nationwide attention. She was found in October 2007. An attorney for her mother said she was 7 years old and safe and healthy.

    The rape occurred before the girl's third birthday, while she was in the care of a baby-sitter her mother had hired, he said. The mother did not know the girl had been victimized. After the girl was found, authorities asked CNN and other news organizations to stop showing her picture.

    In an appearance on "The Dr. Phil Show," the girl's mother said the girl has no recollection of the assault.

    Stiles, a resident of Pahrump, Nevada, was arrested in a traffic stop in October 2007. Police said at the time they pulled Stiles' car over because it had no license plate, and became suspicious when the driver displayed an expired California license with a photo that did not match his appearance.

    Stiles eventually admitted who he was and that he was being sought, authorities said.

    The man who turned the tape over to authorities, Darrin Tuck, faced criminal charges because of the delay in turning it over, during which authorities alleged he showed it to others.

    A judge gave Tuck a one-year suspended sentence and three years of probation in April after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct a public officer, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He initially had faced a felony count of possession of child pornography.

    by on Mar. 3, 2009 at 10:28 PM
    Replies (21-24):
    Junebug926
    by Bronze Member on Mar. 4, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    OMG!! His name is Chester?!!!! That's hilarious!!! Of course he's involved in this type of crime!

    lovemybabys1106
    by Member on Mar. 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    As the daughter and victim of a convited sex offender (child molestation) He and all others should be put to death. I honestly feel this way. But since that is not going to happen Life in prison with out parole. And the guy who taped it should get Life as well. 

    I am a 19 year old SAHM. I belive abortion is murder. I love my husband and children. I have an angel in heaven and cant wait to meet him or her one day. I dont belive in circumsising but will do it if my husband wants to. I belive every mother owes it to her self and her child to try to breastfeed but I dont condem formula feeders. I breast and bottle feed and that is what works for us so do whats right for your child and leave mine out of it.  I co-sleep with BOTH of my kids and yes I know the risks.

    kptmomof3
    by Member on Mar. 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    I hope his cell mate shows him no mercy and that the prison guards turn a blind eye

    army_wife2000
    by Member on Mar. 5, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    He should  never see freedom again.  If he does get out (which they usually do), he should be under house arrest for the rest of his life.  Why don't they do that to sexual predators in the first place????

    Crazy 1

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