Bryan Taylor, Canyon County Prosecutor, announced today that Stephen P. Slater, age 40, of Melba, was sentenced by the Honorable George A. Southworth for the felony crimes of Lewd Conduct with a Child Under 16 (3 counts) and Distribution of Drugs to Persons Under 18 Years of Age.
Judge Southworth sentenced Slater to 30 years fixed, followed by life indeterminate on each of the four charges. The sentences will run concurrently for a total unified sentence of 30 years to life in prison. Judge Southworth also ordered Stephens to register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to the Idaho database, and have no contact with any of the victims or any minors for the duration of the sentence. Stephens was also ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty for each victim along with court costs.
Slater was arrested in April 2018 after an investigation by the Nampa Police Department revealed he had sexually abused several of his female family members, all of whom were under the age of 18 when the incidents occurred. According to detectives, Slater molested the young girls on numerous occasions over the course of several years. The abuse started when the victims were as young as 6-years-old and continued until they were in their teens. The sexual abuse ranged from inappropriate touching to oral and vaginal sex. Detectives also found that Slater provided drugs to the minor victims and other minor family members on multiple occasions. One of the victims 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 only 14 or 15, and later helped her use heroin intravenously.
During sentencing, Judge Southworth stated, “the primary goal is protection of the community. This is a case where a message needs to be sent about how serious this conduct is over a long period of time with multiple known and maybe unknown victims, or victims who are known and unable to come forward.”
“This is one of the more disturbing cases that I’ve seen during my time as prosecutor,” said Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. “The defendant used his position of trust to take advantage of his own family members for his own sexual gratification. He also provided and encouraged them to use various drugs, including meth and heroin, when they were only teenagers. This man caused unthinkable damage many of his own family members. Today’s sentence ensures he will not be able to cause them, or anyone else, more harm.”