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Idaho man sentenced to 30 to life in prison for sexual abuse

October 2, 2018

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for sexually abusing girls and providing them with drugs, the Canyon County prosecutor’s office said.

District Court Judge George A. Southworth sentenced Stephen P. Slater on Monday to 30 fixed years, followed by life in prison indeterminate for three counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 16 and distribution of drugs to a person younger than 18.

The sentences will run concurrently for a total of 30 years to life in prison.

Slater, 40, of Melba, was arrested in April after an investigation found that he had sexual abused several female minors on numerous occasions during a span of several years.

The victims were sexually assaulted when they were as young as 6 years old and the acts continued until they were in their teens. Slater also provided drugs to the victims on multiple occasions, the prosecutor’s office said.

One victim told detectives that Slater gave her milk that was laced with methamphetamine when she was 17.

Another victim reported that Slater provided her with heroin when she was at least 14, and later helped her use heroin intravenously.

“This is one of the more disturbing cases that I’ve seen during my time as prosecutor,” said Canyon County prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “The defendant used his position of trust to take advantage of (children) for his own sexual gratification.”

Slater is required to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample and is banned from having any contact with the victims and other minors for the duration of the sentence.

He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty for each victim along with court costs.

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