Contributed Picture: Edward Stewart, 40, was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of tried sexual assault of a minimal.
By Jon Johnson
CLIFTON – Edward Stewart, 40, of Clifton, was sentenced Could 17 to the greatest time period out there of 45 many years in prison just after formerly pleading guilty to a few counts of tried sexual perform with a small – which are categorised as Course-3 felonies and unsafe crimes in opposition to a minimal.
When Stewart is eligible for 1 day off his sentence for just about every seven served, the sentence will most likely see him incarcerated for the relaxation of his lifestyle. Stewart will be 79 many years aged in advance of he is qualified for release. On top of that, other counties may perhaps prosecute him for alleged sexual assault crimes that ended up committed in their jurisdiction.
Stewart was represented by defense attorney Dennis McCarthy, and the prosecution was carried out by Greenlee County Lawyer Jeremy Ford.
Stewart took a plea settlement on April 12 and pleaded responsible to the three counts of attempted sexual carry out with a minor in trade that the prosecution fall 16 other felony counts in opposition to him. According to the plea, he faced a sentence of among 5 to 15 a long time on every depend, with the array and other conditions to be identified by the court docket.
On Might 17, Greenlee County Top-quality Court Choose Monica L. Stauffer sentenced Stewart to the maximum phrase of 15 yrs on each individual rely and ordered each count be served consecutively, providing him 45 several years of incarceration.
Stewart was arrested on Jan. 13, by Greenlee County Attorney’s Place of work Investigator Eric Ellison after he followed up on data pertaining to a achievable sexual assault versus a kid. In the course of Ellison’s subsequent investigation, 4 alleged victims ended up determined – a few of which were abused and one particular who Stewart allegedly tried to entice for sexual exploitation.
According to the investigation, the abuse stretched above the interval of multiple decades in several counties, which include Graham, Greenlee, and Cochise counties, and involved at the very least four victims who have been as young as 6 at the time of some of the incidents.
The Greenlee County Attorney’s Business office ultimately filed 19 counts towards Stewart, which includes molestation of a child less than the age of 12, three counts of constant sexual abuse of a youngster underneath the age of 15, 6 counts of sexual carry out with a minimal below the age of 15, six counts of sexual conduct with a minimal under the age of 12 – all Class-2 felonies sexual abuse of a little one underneath the age of 15, and two counts of luring a slight for sexual exploitation – all Class-3 felonies.
According to Ellison’s report, Stewart appeared to attempt to disguise from him when Ellison arrived at his residence on Jan. 13. At that time, Stewart’s 19-year-previous girlfriend approached the officer and to begin with denied Stewart was there and claimed she hadn’t found him in some time. Ellison would afterwards discover Stewart experienced been romantically associated with the woman because she was 16 and had impregnated her at age 18. The few had resided in Sierra Vista in a home owned by the woman’s mother, but just after the proprietor figured out of feasible meth use by the few and saw the residence in disrepair, she kicked them out and they moved to Clifton, the place Stewart had formerly resided.
Investigator Ellison certain the girlfriend that he was there to discuss about the previous cars and trucks they had in their property and the woman retreated into the trailer and then returned and suggested Stewart was without a doubt there and would occur out to chat with him. Immediately after a quick dialogue with Stewart about the automobiles, Ellison pivoted to questions about the alleged molestation. Pursuing a quick interrogation, he then positioned Stewart beneath arrest.
Subsequent forensic interviews with 3 of the victims developed specific accounts of quite a few occasions of abuse involving a wide variety of intercourse functions. The fourth sufferer suggested of two separate tries produced by Stewart to encourage her to join him and his girlfriend for a threesome. The 1st time was when Stewart was with his now ex-girlfriend and the 2nd time was with his present-day girlfriend, according to the report.
In the course of his sentencing, Stewart apologized for his actions and wished his victims the most effective to conquer the agony he inflicted.
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