Hearing Reset For Dec. 12 in Little Girl Video Sex Case in Vegas

A judge postponed an evidentiary hearing Monday for a man who became the focus of a nationwide manhunt after he was identified as the assailant in the videotaped rape of a little girl.

Chester Arthur Stiles, 37, was rescheduled to appear Dec. 12 before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis, after Stiles' public defense lawyer, Jeff Banks, cited a scheduling conflict and sought more time to prepare for the preliminary hearing.

Banks met with Stiles after the brief court appearance, and later declined comment outside court. Stiles was returned to an isolation cell at the Clark County jail, police said.

Stiles faces multiple terms of life in prison if convicted of 20 felony charges including lewdness with a child under 14 and sexual assault of a child under 14 stemming from the explicit videotaped sex assault.

The girl, now 7, was found safe Sept. 28 living with her mother in Las Vegas.

A lawyer for the mother has said the girl doesn't remember the alleged assault, which the mother believes happened before the girl turned 3 in September 2003.

Stiles faces three additional charges stemming from a separate alleged molestation of a 6-year-old Las Vegas girl in December 2003.

Stiles was arrested Oct. 15 after a routine traffic stop in Henderson, almost three weeks after authorities in Nye County released of images from the videotape to the media and pleaded for public help to find the girl and the man.

The man who told authorities he found the tape in the desert and turned it over to Nye County sheriff's investigators has been bound over for trial in Nye County District Court on a felony charge of possession of child pornography.

Darrin Tuck, 27, of Pahrump, is due for arraignment Dec. 3.

His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty. He could face one to six
years in state prison if convicted.

Tuck remains jailed in Pahrump on a five-month sentence for violating probation by failing to pay child support.

Authorities have not linked Tuck to Stiles.

Pahrump is about 60 miles west of Las Vegas.


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