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6/22/2014 6:00:00 AM
Webster guilty of sex abuse
Jury believed young victims in tough case
Jasper Webster
Jasper Webster

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Jasper Ian Webster knows he will go to prison now that a Mohave County jury has found him guilty on 10 counts of sexually abusing his daughter and two of her friends.

What he doesn't know is how long he will spend there when Judge Steven Conn sentences him on Aug. 1.

Webster, 34, was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of aggravated assault on a minor in the first four of the 10 counts.

The charges involve two former neighbors of the Webster's on Valentine Street in Kingman, dating from 2010 and 2011.

The remaining counts, five for sexual conduct with a minor under 12 and one count of child molestation, involve Webster's daughter, 10, whom he subjected to horrific abuse from the time she was in second grade and perhaps from the age of 3.

The case was a difficult one for jurors, not only because of the nature of the allegations, but because of conflicting date ranges related to when the abuse occurred in both the charging document and in testimony provided by witnesses.

In the end, jurors set those issues aside and returned the verdict based on one fact: They believed the testimony of the three victims, according to comments a few of them made to defense attorney Bryan Whitney following the verdict.

Jurors also said hearing the case was an unpleasant experience.

"It was terrible," said one.

Webster's daughter was remarkably composed when she told jurors what her father did to her over the course of the last few years, and while she used words a child would use to describe her genitalia, she left no doubts as to what Webster made her do - and what he did to her.

Webster showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Both attorneys were tight-lipped afterwards.

"I think justice was done," said prosecutor Greg McPhillips. He also said the case was difficult to prosecute.

Whitney declined to comment.

When Conn sentences Webster Aug. 1, he will have considerable discretion.

State law considers the crime of sexual conduct with a minor under 12 years of age dangerous, and punishment calls for a sentence of 35 years to life. Conn could run those sentences consecutive to one another, virtually guaranteeing Webster would spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Article comment by: daddy G

This Man should be put to death asap.He ruined the childhood of three innocent girls.And why Did the mother only get probation??? She is an accomplice and should be going to prison also!!!

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Article comment by: there's justice

DOC normally segregates sex offenders from general population. Couldn't they make an exception just this once? Let justice run it's course.

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Article comment by: Why do we have to feed him forever

So here we have a man that is obviously never going to leave Prison in his lifetime.

It's a real shame we have to feed him for possibly 50 more years.

Wouldn't it seem fair to just march him out and put him out of our misery?.

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Article comment by: dv s

Good Call....

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