Man Who Made Porn Video of 3 year old Arraigned
Las Vegas police finally caught this man Monday. He faces life in prison. This story is from Associated Press
Suspect in Taped Attack Arraigned
By KEN RITTER
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The man accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl in an explicit sex videotape was arraigned Wednesday on 23 felony charges that could land him in prison for life.
Chester Arthur Stiles, 37, did not enter pleas during the two-minute hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court.
He waived a reading of the charges and spoke briefly to confirm that he could not afford a lawyer. The charges include 10 counts of lewdness with a child under 14, 11 counts of sexual assault of a child under 14, and one count each of attempted sexual assault with a minor under 14 and use of a minor in producing pornography. Three charges date back to the alleged molestation of a 6-year-old girl in December 2003.
Stiles was arrested Monday during a traffic stop in Henderson, southeast of Las Vegas. He had been the subject of a massive manhunt after authorities released images of him from the video.
Stiles faces multiple terms of life in prison if convicted.
The U.S. attorney has also unsealed a grand jury indictment of a federal charge of producing child pornography, which could carry a sentence of 15 to 30 years in federal prison. Officials said Stiles will be tried on state charges first.
In the video, Stiles is shown committing a variety of sexual acts on the young girl while addressing her by name and repositioning the camera himself, according to a police report.
The girl’s mother chose not to watch the video, but told police that she recognized striped sheets, her daughter’s favorite leopard-print dress at the time and the knob-less wooden armoire in an apartment they moved from before the girl’s third birthday in September 2003.
“She removed the knobs because (the girl) would put them in her mouth,” the report states.
On Tuesday, the mother’s lawyer, Jerry Donohue, said the girl, now a 7-year-old second-grader, “clearly has no memory of any molestation, which is good.” But he said she has been interviewed by medical professionals and police, and “she knows something’s going on around her.”
The girl assaulted in the video was found safe Sept. 28 with her mother in Las Vegas after sheriff’s detectives in neighboring Nye County circulated her photo to the media and asked for help finding her.
How can this man live with himself? What possesses a man to think his desires give him carte blanche to act them out, no matter whom he hurts or how badly? This little girl may have blocked out all conscious memory of what he did to her, but the trauma will never leave her. Like any rape survivor, all she can do is work on coming to terms with the horrors perpetrated on her, when she is ready to face it, so the implanted terror does not strangle her spirit.