Fugitive Accused of Child Sex Abuse Arrested

By: Taina Hernandez, ABC News
By: Taina Hernandez, ABC News

The nationwide manhunt for Chester Stiles, the fugitive accused of raping a 3-year-old girl and recording it on videotape, is over.

It all ended after a routine traffic stop in Henderson, Nevada.

Chester Stiles, his hair now long and unruly, was driving a white Buick Century when two Henderson, Nevada police officers pulled him over on a routine traffic stop.

Stiles presented a fake California Driver's License, and officers immediately questioned his identity.

"He was cooperative and he was calm with us. He basically told us he wanted to stop running. He said,'I'm Chester Stiles, the guy you're looking for,'" Officer Mike Dye said, with Henderson police.

The nationwide manhunt for Stiles began three weeks ago when police released a disturbing videotape, showing a three-year-old girl being abused in unspeakable ways.

"Nothing that I've seen in my career has come anywhere close to what this girl has gone through," explained Sheriff Tony Demeo, with the Nye County Sheriff's Dept. in Nevada.

The identities of the victim and abuser were a mystery, so investigators took an unprecedented step--releasing a photo of the child and her attacker.

A flood of tips put authorities on the hunt for Stiles.

"If I could talk to him, I don't know if I could speak to him at this point. I don't that I could look him in the eye because he deceived so many people," former girlfriend, Linda Allen, said.

Stiles once worked as an animal trainer, wrangling tigers for Siegfried and Roy. Though described as a survivalist, his capture was surprisingly tame.

"He was cooperative with us and he didn't give us a fight. I think he finally said, 'They got me,'" Officer Dye added.

The girl shown in the video is now seven-years-old and was located in Las Vegas with her mother.


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