Craig man pleads guilty to exploitation charges

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A 29-year-old man charged with 40 felonies, including sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, pleaded guilty to nine counts Monday in Moffat County District Court.

As part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Stephan White pleaded guilty 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.

White, who is in custody at the Moffat County Jail, did not address the court Monday, other than entering his guilty plea.

Under terms of the plea agreement, the other charges, including 31 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and indecent exposure, were dropped.

Michael O’Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, set sentencing for 3:30 p.m. April 6 in district court.

Under the plea agreement, sentencing is open.

If White is sentenced to prison, he will receive a sentence of 12 to 15 years, the deal stipulates.

O’Hara spent several minutes Monday talking with deputy district attorney Jon Pfeifer and public defender Emily Wickham to better understand the deal.

The deal acknowledges several children were victimized, but limits the potential for a consecutive sentence for White.

“We’re talking, I think, seven individuals,” Pfeifer told O’Hara. “So (consecutive sentences) could be a de facto life sentence.”

If he is sentenced to Correctional Alternative Placement Services or probation and violates that sentence, the same 12- to 15-year limit will be applicable upon entering prison.

“I would just say to the court that if he were terminated from probation or CAPS, 15 years prison is still a lengthy sentence that he would be facing,” Wickham said.

Pfeifer told O’Hara during the proceedings that the victims’ ages ranged from 10 to 14 years old.

The suspect was formally 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 two laptops, two cell phones, 47 DVD/CDs, seven VHS tapes and a digital camera, according to records.

Thirteen 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.

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Comments

realrider6998 3 years, 6 months ago

I really think the judicial system is just getting fat and lazy, they are letting pedophiles just get away with anything now a days. people really care too much about hurting someones feeling. back in the day it was eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. the guy should get 15yrs per charge make an example out of him. the more lenient the courts are the more people don't care and they will keep doing it. It's extremely sad when it comes to the day where people can't let their kids out of the house cause so many baby rapers are just running the streets because no one cares! nail his butt to the wall he's a bad person for what he has done to innocent children!!!!!!!

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justmyview84 3 years, 6 months ago

I totally agree realrider..This guy is so sick and needs to be made and example out of. he's going to get what, a few years, then turn around and come back into society so he can do this all over again. glad he got caught, but it's another great example of how our justice system watches out for criminals and not the safety of the community. I feel really bad for the victims, how is this justice for what they have had to go through?

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kp81625 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree with both realrider and just my view. I thought the DA's office was supposed to stand for the victims. How is this pedophile supposed to learn anything from this. 12-15 years is not enough. The victims in this tragedy will live with the fear of this idiot getting out of jail and stalking them or coming after them. And if he is placed in CAPS, then they have the potential of running into him at any time. How unfortunate that the DA's office can't take their feelings into consideration and really send this monster away for a long time.

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George Robertson 3 years, 6 months ago

His victims must endure a LIFE sentence. HE should be sentenced to nothing less!

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RichardBarbosa 3 years, 6 months ago

Is this the same perp whose identity The Craig Daily Press zealously and ridiculously guarded from its readers last fall? Hey, way to go, CDP! That is the way to be treated as a serious journalistic endeavor.... not. I recall being called names back then when I suggested that an accused felon who is of majority has no legitimate privacy interest in having the mere fact of his name withheld.

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lonelyone 3 years, 6 months ago

Richard, the paper isn't protecting him by any means. They are trying to protect the victims. How many of you in the back of your minds are now saying I wonder if that was so and so's child or oh my was he/she one of the victims? It's for the ones he hurt and not him......well maybe him a little cuz now we all want to run him up a flag poll and take pot shots at him. To the rest of you....I totally agree. He should be put away for life or the max sentence allowed.

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JAHM 3 years, 6 months ago

Instead of a welcome to Craig sign lets put out a Criminals welcome sign!! Slap on the wrist for exploiting children, why not commit crime here? You will never have to pay for your actions with a DA office and judges like this!!

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native_craig_guy 3 years, 6 months ago

This is absolutely outrageous!!!! CAPS!!! For a pedophile child molester!!! We don't need this lowlife in our community. How much of a kick back are the judges getting for sentencing someone to CAPS? Words cannot express the anger and disappointment I feel. I have now officially lost all faith in the judicial system. The DA's office is a hoax. Spineless, worthless and generally no good at doing their jobs. I guess this is the type of staff that we get being a rural community, all the good ones work in Denver so we get stuck scraping the bottom of the last barrel for legal "professionals".

BTW- This will probably be my third strike on CDP Blog. It was great posting while it lasted, lol.

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