Ash Fork man gets 30 years in teen sex ring casePosted: Updated:
UPDATE SEPT. 8:
FLAGSTAFF -- A 52-year-old Ash Fork man who married a teenage girl and then invited other men to have sex with her and other young women while he took pictures will spend the next 30 years in prison.
A judge in Flagstaff handed down the sentence for Donald Leacock on Friday, calling his crimes "sick and grotesque."
Leacock pleaded guilty in July to sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, child abuse and vulnerable adult abuse. He had originally been indicted on 41 counts.
The abuse became known in February, when a 14-year-old friend of Leacock's 16-year-old wife called the sheriff's office to request help while she moved out of their home. The girl told deputies that Leacock had fondled her and taken nude pictures.
Detectives soon uncovered information that that Leacock offered his wife to local men and truckers through the Internet and CB radio.
Information from: Arizona Daily Sun
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
UPDATE MAY 9: The Coconino County Sheriff's Office reports that Richard Rush has been arrested in Alaska by Alaskan authorities. Rush was wanted on a felony warrant for sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse stemming from his association with Leacock.
Rush was arrested without incident.
FLAGSTAFF - An Arizona man is behind bars accused of keeping two teenaged girls as sex slaves.
Investigators say the abuse took place in a house in the small town of Ash Fork, just 60 miles west of Flagstaff. Sheriff's deputies from Coconino County are calling this the most difficult case of child abuse they have ever seen.
Deputies were first called to 51-year-old Donald Leacock's home on February 29.
The caller was reportedly a 14-year-old girl who said she was moving out and wanted deputies to be there. That was just the beginning.
According to investigators, the 14-year-old stated that during the time she lived with Donald Leacock, he would repeatedly fondle her and take nude photos of her and other underage girls, including his 16-year-old wife.
Investigators say the teenaged bride's mother, a friend of Donald Leacock, lives in Phoenix and allowed the marriage to take place.
Leacock's ex-wife told 3TV Leacock actually married the girl when she was 15 years old in Missouri. She also lives at the residence. She said, "It's hard to explain him. He's got some weird ideas."
According to a police report, Leacock would invite other men to have sex with his teenaged bride and would take video and photos then post them on the internet so that he could find other men, including truck drivers, to have sex with her.
Also arrested was a man identified as Howard Leventhal as well as Richard Jerome Rush, who is said to be on the run and may be hiding out in Alaska.
Investigators served search warrants on Leacock's homes in both Phoenix and Ash Fork. They seized numerous computers and found images of child pornography. Leacock has been indicted on 24 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
As for the two girls who were living with him, they are now in protective custody. Leacock is in the Coconino County Detention Facility, awaiting trial on Aug. 5.