A Doney Park man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a lifetime of probation for taking dozens of photos with his cell phone of a nude, 10-year-old girl while she slept last summer.
Christopher Salabye Jr., 28, was sentenced by Judge Dan Slayton yesterday in Coconino County Superior Court after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.
Salabye was accused of using his cell phone to take pictures of the girl while she was staying at his home during a sleepover.
"It is very troubling that two young girls can't have a sleepover without someone taking lewd photos of them with his cell phone," said Coconino County Attorney David Rozema. "The message for parents is to take every precaution and remember that it is often a third party or uninvited guest who does this type of thing."
Following the June 2012 incident, Salabye told a Coconino County Sheriff's Office investigator that he had photographed the girl about 25 times, according to a Sheriff's office report.
According to a complaint filed by prosecutors, Salabye "... knowingly recorded, filmed, photographed, developed or duplicated a visual depiction in which a minor is engaged in exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct."
In January, he pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.
The first charge is a Class 2 felony and a dangerous crime against children, which carries a mandatory 10 to 24 years in prison. He reached a deal with prosecutors to receive 10 years in prison. However, he will also have to remain on probation for life and register as a sex offender.
"A 10-year prison term is appropriate, and the lifetime probation and sex offender registration will ensure that the defendant is closely monitored after his release from prison," Rozema said.
According to sheriff's office officials, a relative of Salabye said she came out of her bedroom and saw him lying on the living room floor next to her daughter and the girl's friend at about 4:30 a.m. When she asked Salabye what he was doing, he got up and left the room.
She found him under the blanket with the girls a short while later, and he again left the room. When the woman pulled up the blanket, she noticed her daughter's friend had been undressed partially.
She then kicked him out of the house and asked relatives to grab him from outside and take him to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office.
He told investigators that he had 15 beers that night and claimed it was the first time he had done anything like that. He also said he didn't touch the girl.
Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.