Friday, September 28, 2007
Unbelievable and outrageous crime. Young girl seen in sex video found ‘safe’
Police name Chester Arthur Stiles a suspect in taped sex abuse and raped a 3 year old child.
LAS VEGAS - A young girl who was seen being sexually assaulted in a homemade videotape has been found and is safe with family members and sheriff's officials, authorities said Friday.
"We believe everything is going to work out well," Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo said at press conference, adding that the girl was found in Las Vegas. "The girl is OK."
Nye County sheriff's Detective David Boruchowitz said the girl was "safe" with her mother. "She looks like a very happy 7-year-old girl," said Boruchowitz.
The girl was 3 years old at the time of the rape and sexual assault, he added.
DeMeo said the mother was cooperating with authorities and recognized furniture in the sex tape. "The mother was not aware of anything that went on with this young girl," he said.
Also late Friday, authorities named fugitive Chester Arthur Stiles as a suspect in the assault, which police believe occurred in Las Vegas. Stiles was described as a white male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Boruchowitz said Stiles was a "several-tier-away family friend" of the girl's family.
DeMeo urged Stiles to turn himself in.
"You will not be forgotten," DeMeo said. "Law enforcement will be relentless in tracking this person down and bringing him into the criminal justice system."
Widespread media accounts of the case led to the crucial tip that helped find the girl, Boruchowitz said. He did not provide details of her identity, where she lives or how she was located.
MSNBC.com does not usually identify or release photos of suspected victims of sexual abuse.
Stiles, 37, whose last known address was Las Vegas, is also wanted on an unrelated state warrant on a charge of lewdness with a minor younger than 14 and a federal charge of being a fugitive, DeMeo said.
Older girl not assaulted
Investigators determined that the video of the attack was recorded over the video of an 11-year-old girl taped in October 2005 through a window of a Pahrump home, DeMeo said.
Officials identified that girl, now 13, after releasing photos taken from the video and matched to records of a "peeping Tom" report at her home. No one was found outside the girl's home when deputies arrived, and the girl wasn't assaulted, authorities said.
A 26-year-old Pahrump man, Darren Tuck, surrendered the tape to Nye County sheriff's investigators Sept. 8 after another man reported seeing it, Boruchowitz said.
Tuck was arrested on charges of promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography, both felonies, and released without bail pending an appearance Nov. 26 in Pahrump Justice Court. The top charge carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison.
Tuck told detectives he found the videotape in the desert outside Pahrump more than five months ago. Investigators don't think Tuck made the tape, Boruchowitz said.