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Toddler Sex Video Trial Begins

By February 25, 2009

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Trial has begun for a Nevada man accused of sexually assaulting a girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and videotaping it. Chester Arthur Stiles is charged with 11 counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14 years of age, 10 counts of lewdness with a child under 14, and one charge of attempted sexual assault with a minor under 14.

Most of the charges stem from acts shown on the videotape.

In opening statements, prosecutors read from a letter that Stiles wrote to a former girlfriend saying that, "I am a monster." Prosecutor Mary Kay Holthus painted Stiles as full of guilt and shame about his attraction to the "purity and virtue" of young girls.

"'I'm a monster and what I've done there's no making up for,'" Holthus read from the letter. "'I'm very sorry for the girls I've abused. I wish I could take it back.'"

Videotape Evidence Challenged

The letters and the videotape were found in the desert in a glass bottle wrapped in a plastic bag. Stiles was arrested in October 2007 after Las Vegas authorities released images from the video to the public in hopes of identifying the girl and her attacker.

Stiles is charged with sexually assaulting the 2-year-old and a 6-year-old girl. His attorney, Amy Coffee, told the jury that the prosecution will not be able to prove the charges. She said the defense will challenge the videotape evidence and the statements of the 6-year-old.

"In each interview [with the 6-year-old], a different story was told, including at one point that nothing at all happened," Coffee told the jury in an opening statement that lasted only four minutes.

As the trial began, the first witness was the 6-year-old witness, who is now 11 years old and lives in Washington state.

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February 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm
(1) Anonymous says:

Chester Stiles: monster and child rapist, the trial has just begun, and allready the justice system is protecting him. Chester Stiles video taping himself raping a 2-year
old child, how sick is that? Who gives a rats
ass about his abusive childhood. He is a sicko and mentally disturbed child rapist a monster and a threat to society.
His defense attorney she needs to know that the proof is in the pudding, the video, tells the whole story DA!!!!!!!. The comment that the girls mother said now she is 8yrs old she can’t remmember be raped. Children that have been raped or sexually assaulted block it out and it surfaces as they reach adulthood, what it does to a child will forever change their life they will never be the same again, they will have problems with relationships, flash backs, also their cognitive thought process.
I say cut his tool off and sentence him to life without parole or let the inmates take care of him. I’m sure they will get great gratification in doing that, MO’s are bait in the regular population of the prison.
Sex offenders, child rapist relinquish their own civil rights the second they touch a child inappropriately as it stands now, our children are the ones who are having their civil rights taken away. These predators are a constant threat to our society there is no cure, they will re-offend again and again. If the rights of societys most vulnerable members are denied, everbody’s rights are. Please sentence Chester the monster Stiles to life without parole. So he can’t harm another child.

The world is a dangerous place not because of the people who are evil; ” But because of the people who don’t do anything about it”

ALbert Einstein

February 26, 2009 at 12:37 am
(2) Dawn says:

AH… isn’t that lovely…
Chester the child molester…
You have got to be kidding me…”I am a monster”? If he knew that about himself why not get help for it?
Too bad he does not live in one of the states that has the death penalty for Child Sex offenders! Removing body parts will do nothing to a person like him who is only taking up valuable oxygen on this planet…
I just hope and pray that these little girls that he did this awful stuff too are receiving the love, help and guidance that they so desperately need…
HE… should burn in hell for touching little people!

February 28, 2009 at 11:34 am
(3) Valigator says:

Lets hope the outrage will be as strong as when the system eventually places him in YOUR Nieghborhood, because like it or not…he will be moving in, someone will research his past and he will be bitching and moaning he cant find work or a place to live..then some bible thumper will open their home to him and the old argument “this man has done his time” will come into play…bank on it..by then the anger will have been forgotten and in 6 months he will be arrested again for violating the restrictions of being around children…do 6 months…and into a different neighborhood…take him out now and be done with it…because he will rape another child…before he dies…you can thank the “system” for that…you havent heard the last of Chester Stiles…

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