Sentencing hearing continued in Craig man's sexual exploitation case

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Stephan White

Today’s sentencing hearing for a 29-year-old Craig man who pleaded guilty to nine felonies relating to sexual exploitation of children was continued until May.

As part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Stephan White pleaded guilty in January to three counts of sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony; four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony; and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, also a Class 4 felony.

He was scheduled for sentencing today in Moffat County District Court, but the hearing was moved to 3 p.m. May 3.

Under terms of the plea agreement, White’s sentencing is open. If he is sentenced to prison, it will be no longer than 12 to 15 years.

White was charged in September 2010.

According to court records, the Craig Police Department began investigating the man in April 2010 after a report of alleged sexual abuse.

Two search warrants allegedly resulted in the confiscation of laptops, cell phones, DVD/CDs, VHS tapes and a digital camera, according to records.

Some of the DVD/CDs allegedly contained photos of young girls barely clothed or nude. Images were also allegedly found on one of the laptops, a cell phone and in White’s bedroom.

He had been charged with 40 felonies in the case before reaching a plea agreement. As a result of the deal, the other 31 charges were dropped.

Prosecutor John Pfeifer is handling the case for the district attorney’s office. Public defender Emily Wickham is representing White, who remains in custody at the Moffat County Jail.

Pfeifer will make a sentencing recommendation to the court, however he said Tuesday he’s unable to comment on what that recommendation will entail.

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