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10/6/2011 9:50:00 PM
Edwards gets probation in 'dogpiling' sexual exploitation case
Stephanie Edwards
Stephanie Edwards
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - In the end, Stephanie Edwards was sentenced to probation, just as she had hoped in August before Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock threw out a deal that would have given Edwards probation for her alleged sexual contact with two minor boys.

Edwards, 35, of Mayer, who had been accused of sexual exploitation of minors, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted sexual abuse with a minor under 15 years old and one count of child abuse. Hancock initially accepted the plea.

Edwards' attorney, Matthew Cochran, said she had participated in a "dogpiling" activity with several children, which led to the child abuse charge. Deputy County Attorney Jeff Paupore said that, during that activity, she rubbed her genital area on the boys through their clothes.

Cochran also said she touched the genitals of two young boys on another occasion.

The day Edwards was to be sentenced, Hancock said she "had the opportunity to better research the case" and said, "I must reject this plea agreement. It is too lenient."

With that in mind, Hancock said, Edwards could opt to have Hancock sentence outside the bounds of the plea agreement. She was originally going to hand down some jail time and probation, but without the limitations, Hancock could have sentenced her to three years in prison on each count.

Cochran turned that offer down and asked for a new judge, and Hancock assigned the case to Judge Tina Ainley's court.

Wednesday afternoon, Ainley sentenced Edwards to 15 years' supervised probation with sex offender terms and 365 days in jail, with credit for 274 already served.

"I don't think your behavior was pedophile-type behavior," Ainley told her. "That doesn't excuse it.

"Miss Edwards, I went with a longer jail time and a shorter probation time," Ainley said, "I hope you prove me right on that."

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011
Article comment by: Weak sentence !

This is a sexual assault,classified as child molestation !

I would say it is safe to say her babysiting days are over.

If justice is not served people do not have closure ! Problems need to be resolved !

Posted: Saturday, October 08, 2011
Article comment by: Gary Ohrn

I wouldnt let this skank within a mile of my boys. The justice system should be so proud of yet another ridiculous decision.

Posted: Saturday, October 08, 2011
Article comment by: Totally Sick

this sentance is totally discusting and shameful. I have a 14 yr old Grandson that was molested by a woman in her 30's also and if that Judge could see the mark it has left on this young man, she would have given this so called woman a much harsher punishment then what she gave Edwards. My Grandson has nitemares from it and now has stomach problems from his nerves because of what happened to him. The woman that touched him also touched his genitals through his clothing but it was still a sexual molestation. Molestation is molestation, whether it is with the clothing on or not, it dont matter, it still is very sick behavior and this Edwards is a sick and discusting human being and should be put away for at least 10 years.

Posted: Friday, October 07, 2011
Article comment by: Not Outraged

Rachel, you make a good point. Men risk a heck of a lot by having anything to do with kids these days, and that's a shame.

This does not sound like child molestation.

Posted: Friday, October 07, 2011
Article comment by: i agree sick

I agree, she needs to be more punished she touched those boys how is that not "pedophile type behavior" what you need to be a guy for that to happens?......ridiculous!

Posted: Friday, October 07, 2011
Article comment by: Double Standard

Unbelievable!!! This is sexual abuse. Was the other incident, where she actually touched the boys' genitals, included in this? A sexual predator is a sexual predator. Probation, with four victims, is disgusting!

Posted: Friday, October 07, 2011
Article comment by: Rachel A.H

Outrageous !! If this had been a man he would have had his whole life taken from him. His career would be over, His family left him and considered a pervert for the rest of his life. But apparently it is ok for a woman to molest and corrupt the mind and souls of boys.

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