More and more sick minds one seems to come across all the time in the US. A man sexually assaults a three-year-old child, video-tapes the horrid sequence and circulates it. Four years later nemesis catches up with him.
He is at large, but the police are more or less sure he is the culprit. Mercifully the girl herself, 7 years now, has been found quite normal, showing no signs of having been traumatized.
A police official of Nye County in Nevada state said, "She looks like a very happy 7-year-old girl." The sick mind, going by the name of Chester Arthur Stiles has tenuous ties to the family through friends.
On April 26, 2004, a 6-year-old girl told Las Vegas police that Stiles had touched her on several occasions. Police were unable to locate him at the time, and it was believed he learned of the warrant through relatives and fled the state, according to a criminal complaint.
Authorities said the videotape was made at a Las Vegas residence that did not belong to the girl's family, though her mother recognized furniture seen in still images of the tape. She also recognized Stiles in a photo released by police.
Stiles had been arrested by Las Vegas police at least five times between 2001 and 2003 for burglary, battery and domestic violence, possession of an unregistered firearm and assault with a deadly weapon.
Darren Tuck, 26, of Pahrump, a town in the Nye county, gave the videotape of the assault to officials on Sept. 8 after another man reported seeing it.
Tuck was arrested on charges of promoting child pornography and possession of child pornography, both felonies. He was released without bail pending an appearance Nov. 26 in Pahrump Justice Court.
Tuck told police that he found the tape in the desert outside Pahrump more than five months ago. He claimed he had waited to show authorities the video because he was "scared."
Authorities have accused Tuck of lying and not cooperating with the investigation.
Tuck failed a lie detector test Friday in Las Vegas, said Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett Beckett.
Las Vegas police Sgt. Leonard Marshall of the Metropolitan Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said most people who victimize children are males who are known to the family.
Clark County Family Services has reported 683 new investigations into child sexual abuse or assault within the home setting so far this year. That's some 85 new investigations each month, said Christine Skorupski, spokeswoman for the agency.
Nye County Sheriff Tony DeMeo said the warrant for Stiles' previous lewd act with the 6-year-old is consistent with his behavior with the girl on the videotape.
For pedophiles who tape sexual acts, "it's like a trophy," he added.