Saturday, September 29, 2007
Chester Arthur Stiles Sought in Connection With Kidnapping and Child Mollestation of 3 Year Old Girl (Madison) Update 10-16-07 Arrested!
A missing 7 year old girl has been recovered after a bold move by authorities. After a homemade videotape showed a young girl being sexually assaulted, police decided to release information about the child in hopes that someone would report her whereabouts. The media was given the girls first name (Madison) and a photograph. Someone who saw the media coverage called the girl's mother who then notified police. On Friday, the girl was recovered in Las Vegas. Chester Arthur Stiles, a fugitive who apparently knew the girl's family, has been named a suspect. According to Nye County sheriff's Detective David Boruchowitz, the girl appears to be in good health.
The girl was apparently only 3 years old when the tape was made. Chester Arthur Stiles remains at large according to Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo.
The videotape was apparently made at a Las Vegas residence that did not belong to the girl's family. However, the girl's mother recognized furniture in still images of the tape. She also identified Stiles in a photo released by police. "The mother was not aware of anything that went on with this young girl," DeMeo said. (The black and white photo is of the man on the video.) Stiles has not been positively identified as the man in the video yet, but he is a suspect.
Stiles, 37, is apparently wanted on an unrelated Nevada state warrant on a charge of lewdness with a minor younger than 14 and a federal charge of being a fugitive.
The video also included an 11-year-old girl who has now been identified. She is now 13.
Darren Tuck, 26, apparently provided the video tape to Nye County sheriff's investigators Sept. 8. It is unclear how long he had the tape in his possession as he apparently claims that he found it in the desert. Tuck may face charges for a probation violation. Tuck was arrested on suspicion of promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography and released without bail pending an appearance Nov. 26 in Pahrump Justice Court. He faces a possible sentence of up to life in prison. Tuck lawyer Harry Kuehn has declined to say when Tuck actually found the tape. No formal charges against Tuck have been filed at this time concerning the tape.
Thomas Gibson, another lawyer for Tuck, has characterized his client as an innocent middleman who should be credited for giving the tape to authorities. Perhaps prosecutors will agree if Chester Arthur Stiles is apprehended. Stiles is 6'3" and weighs approximately 190 lbs. If you have any leads on Stiles, please contact crime stoppers or Las Vegas P.D. (775-751-7000) Remember, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
Update 10-2-07: The girl friend of Stiles was interviewed on CNN. She said Stiles was a hunter and survivalist. The little girl and her mother actually lived in the same household as Stiles and his girlfriend for a period of time. Stiles is considered armed and dangerous.
Update: 10-04-07:Stiles allegedly has the following arrest record courtesy of the the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department:
04/2003 - Conspiracy to Commit Grand Larceny Auto
05/2001 - Leaving the Scene of an Accident
04/2001 - Grand Larceny and Auto Burglary
02/2001 - Contempt of Court
02/2001 - Probation Violation - C.C.W.,Battery-Domestic Violence, False Information to a Police Officer, Resisting a Public Officer, Battery by a Prisoner
06/1999 - Aiming a firearm
06/1999 - Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, Resisting a Police Officer, Obstructing a Police Officer, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Battery Domestic Violence.
Update 10-16: Stiles was caught in Nevada on a traffic stop. He surrendered without a fight!
Update 3-4-09: Chester Arthur Stiles displayed little emotion as guilty verdicts were entered against him for 22 felonies, including sexual assault. Stiles faces multiple life prison terms. Stiles will be sentenced on May 8.