Allsup given 10 years for molestation 15 years ago
Victim came forward after being diagnosed with AIDS last spring
KINGMAN - After 15 years of silence, it was an AIDS diagnosis that finally prompted a 28-year-old man to come forward about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of a family friend when he was 13.
That family friend, 56-year-old Dwight Allsup, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison and lifetime probation for molesting the now-grown man and another teen in the mid-1990s.
Allsup, who has AIDS as well as cancer, spoke only briefly during the hearing "to apologize for everything I have done." Police said Allsup didn't randomly attack victims but instead befriended the boys and "groomed" them for the sex acts over a period of time, using alcohol and marijuana as a lure.
The 28-year-old victim said that he was diagnosed with AIDS last spring after being hospitalized for an illness that nearly killed him. The man said it was the birth of his own children, along with his diagnosis and the fact that there could be other victims, that prompted him to tell his family about the abuse.
"Dwight's lived his life," he said. "He cut mine short." The victim said that the virus is currently undetectable in his system and that his prognosis at the moment is good.
"I'm here for closure for me, for my kids," he said.
The 10-year sentence was part of a plea deal reached between the state and defense in exchange for the dismissal of almost a dozen other sexual conduct and drug-related charges.
"This is the kind of case where people may wonder if any sort of punishment I could hand out would be appropriate," said Judge Rick Williams.
Williams said he was particularly disturbed by statements made by Allsup in which he called the victims "willing participants."
"You are the adult; they were the children," Williams said.