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Draper pleads not guilty to child abuse, aggravated assault

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Also faces drug charges, state board of nursing investigation By Adam Gaub, Assistant Editor Accused child abuser Dustin Draper pleaded not guilty to four counts of child abuse and four counts of aggravated ...

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Dustins Mother

Safford, AZ

#1 Jul 31, 2006
I have followed this case from day one. I must say that although it is a sad and ugly thing I think that the media has blown it way out of proportion. Nobody deserves the horrible comments made by some of the public viewers. They have tried, convicted and already hung this man. The police force and the county attorney have released a vital piece of evidence (the video) so how can he possibly have a fair trial? He has encountered death threats because information has leaked into the jail. Is this really the most terrible thing that has happened in our county? Although bad enough the abuse from what I saw was definately not a beating. I did not see him punch her with his fist, or kick her, or burn her, or bite her, or strangle her, or pinch her, or throw her across the room etc, etc. That is what I call a beating. He did no more than alot of people do to their own children, they just don't get caught. The big difference is he happened to tape it. Why? I don't know, but I do know that it is not as bad as a man strangling a woman to death with her own bra and leaving her buried naked in the desert while at home she has two young children waiting for her. I do know that it isn't as bad as accidently leaving a child restrained in a carseat for several hours and finding her dead from the heat. I do know that it is not as bad as two little girls waking up to find their mother brutally murdered. Where was the publicity for these cases? As far as I know it never left our valley. In fact was there any convictions? I could name many more but my point is, why are they making such an issue out of this case? The girl is fine and the mother has forgiven him so why doesn't everyone else back off just a little?
Dr Phil

Truro, Canada

#2 Jul 31, 2006
Are you on crack? This nut job smacked this small child around, pushed her to the ground etc. She is 3 y/o. Sure killing her mother would be worse but for that girl being alone with that monster was the worse think that could happen in her little world. If I was her real dad I'd put my 15 triple E shoe up his F&%#King A@#! and see if he likes it when someone bigger the him smacks him around ? Difference is I'd get jail time for those smacks.
PS a lot is two words.
Rose Garden

Courtland, AL

#3 Jul 31, 2006
Concerned Citizen...

The examples of “a man strangling a woman to death with her own bra and leaving her buried naked in the desert while at home she has two young children waiting for her” and someone “accidentally leaving a child restrained in a carseat for several hours and finding her dead from the heat” are horrific happenings - it’s true. Maybe you were personally affected by these things – I don’t know…. Certainly – media attention is important in both of your examples… and my heart goes out to all of the people affected – especially the little girls who mother has been killed.

But it doesn’t not take away from the videotaped abuse of the little girl.

This man tortured this child. Have you seen the whole tape? He picks her up and throws her. He violently shakes her head while pulling her hair. She was crying with her mouth taped shut. That's how many abused children die – choking to death or suffocating. Their noses clog up from crying, and they can't get air - so they drowned on their own mucous. Once it's inhaled - it can kill them.

Taping her mouth shut and torturing her is glimpse of things yet to come. Telling her to stop crying and he'll take the tape off is teaching her to obey his commands.

This man was priming this little girl for sexual abuse. It starts with power and control – being dominant over a submissive child. He had other videos of this child being smacked and abused – all while she was in different states of undress. The videos on his phone were already titled and being released to other men who get off on seeing a child dominated.

Did you see the smile on his face? His pleasure in her terror and suffering is appalling. It cannot be stressed enough that his intent was to devastate this little girl in every way possible. He had child porn in his home. Do not minimize what this man was doing.

The film of her being spritzed on by water was the man simulating ejaculation. This is one of the ways pedophiles dehumanize their victims. Eventually, he would use urine. And then finally – ejaculate.

As for your comment:“He did no more than alot of people do to their own children, they just don't get caught.”… What’s up with that? Those children are also being abused and tortured. The fact that “they just don’t get caught” is why some of those very children end up in the morgue… or reported “missing”, or end up with addictions to dull the pain of childhood abuse…

This man hung himself by making a film showing the abuse of a child.“Blown out of proportion?” I certainly hope that any children you have in your lifetime are never put in the circumstance this little girl was… because I'm not sure that you would protect them...
concerned mom

AOL

#4 Jul 31, 2006
to concerned citizen,
I found this video by accident and could not beleive my eyes. This has haunted me since. If you watched this video you would never make comments like you did unless you were this monsters mother. Any one that could do that to a helpless little girl should be dead!!!! And if the mother has forgiven him than she does not deserve to keep this child or any other child ever. What he did should never be forgiven. You say he will not get a fair trial, well how fair was what he did to that child. I hope that everyone in the prison knows what he did and I hope that he gets his just-do from the inmates instead of the law. The inmates will treat him the way her deserves to be treated. I have never in my life wish ill on anyone but I hope this guy suffers dearly!!!
Disgusted in Tucson

Marana, AZ

#5 Jul 31, 2006
Concerned citizen wrote:
The girl is fine and the mother has forgiven him so why doesn't everyone else back off just a little?
She is fine on the outside, but the inside will forever be messed up. How can anyone do such a thing to a child?! I too hope that he gets a royal a$$ stomping in jail. He knows he did it...why does he plead not guilty? And how can any attorney defend such a person? That is what is wrong with our legal system.
Dustins Mother

Safford, AZ

#6 Aug 1, 2006
Dr Phil wrote:
Are you on crack? This nut job smacked this small child around, pushed her to the ground etc. She is 3 y/o. Sure killing her mother would be worse but for that girl being alone with that monster was the worse think that could happen in her little world. If I was her real dad I'd put my 15 triple E shoe up his F&%#King A@#! and see if he likes it when someone bigger the him smacks him around ? Difference is I'd get jail time for those smacks.
PS a lot is two words.
Thanks so much for correcting my grammer. I am not agreeing with what this man did, it is terrible. I'm only saying that it is not the place of the public, the press or the other inmates to try, convict and sentence him.
Dustins Mother

Safford, AZ

#7 Aug 1, 2006
Rose Garden wrote:
Concerned Citizen...
The examples of “a man strangling a woman to death with her own bra and leaving her buried naked in the desert while at home she has two young children waiting for her” and someone “accidentally leaving a child restrained in a carseat for several hours and finding her dead from the heat” are horrific happenings - it’s true. Maybe you were personally affected by these things – I don’t know…. Certainly – media attention is important in both of your examples… and my heart goes out to all of the people affected – especially the little girls who mother has been killed.
But it doesn’t not take away from the videotaped abuse of the little girl.
This man tortured this child. Have you seen the whole tape? He picks her up and throws her. He violently shakes her head while pulling her hair. She was crying with her mouth taped shut. That's how many abused children die – choking to death or suffocating. Their noses clog up from crying, and they can't get air - so they drowned on their own mucous. Once it's inhaled - it can kill them.
Taping her mouth shut and torturing her is glimpse of things yet to come. Telling her to stop crying and he'll take the tape off is teaching her to obey his commands.
This man was priming this little girl for sexual abuse. It starts with power and control – being dominant over a submissive child. He had other videos of this child being smacked and abused – all while she was in different states of undress. The videos on his phone were already titled and being released to other men who get off on seeing a child dominated.
Did you see the smile on his face? His pleasure in her terror and suffering is appalling. It cannot be stressed enough that his intent was to devastate this little girl in every way possible. He had child porn in his home. Do not minimize what this man was doing.
The film of her being spritzed on by water was the man simulating ejaculation. This is one of the ways pedophiles dehumanize their victims. Eventually, he would use urine. And then finally – ejaculate.
As for your comment:“He did no more than alot of people do to their own children, they just don't get caught.”… What’s up with that? Those children are also being abused and tortured. The fact that “they just don’t get caught” is why some of those very children end up in the morgue… or reported “missing”, or end up with addictions to dull the pain of childhood abuse…
This man hung himself by making a film showing the abuse of a child.“Blown out of proportion?” I certainly hope that any children you have in your lifetime are never put in the circumstance this little girl was… because I'm not sure that you would protect them...
Wow this is pretty powerful, sounds to me like you know all the thoughts and actions of a true pedophile. I hope you go back and reread what you wrote, some people are definately going to think that YOU are the one getting off on this.
Dustins Mother

Safford, AZ

#8 Aug 1, 2006
concerned mom wrote:
to concerned citizen,
I found this video by accident and could not beleive my eyes. This has haunted me since. If you watched this video you would never make comments like you did unless you were this monsters mother. Any one that could do that to a helpless little girl should be dead!!!! And if the mother has forgiven him than she does not deserve to keep this child or any other child ever. What he did should never be forgiven. You say he will not get a fair trial, well how fair was what he did to that child. I hope that everyone in the prison knows what he did and I hope that he gets his just-do from the inmates instead of the law. The inmates will treat him the way her deserves to be treated. I have never in my life wish ill on anyone but I hope this guy suffers dearly!!!
Dear Concerned Mom: As a father and a grandfather I can understand why you feel this way. I only hope and pray that none of my children or grandchildren are ever in a situation like this. But we never know what the future will bring. I'm sure this mans family never thought that this would happen to them either. We should never wish for another human being to be murdered for we never know what may be laid upon our own doorstep. All I'm saying is that the public should let the courts deal with this case instead of trying to convict him by proxy.
Dustins Mother

Safford, AZ

#9 Aug 1, 2006
Disgusted in Tucson wrote:
<quoted text>
She is fine on the outside, but the inside will forever be messed up. How can anyone do such a thing to a child?! I too hope that he gets a royal a$$ stomping in jail. He knows he did it...why does he plead not guilty? And how can any attorney defend such a person? That is what is wrong with our legal system.
She is fine on the outside and fortuantely she will not remember any of this in a short time. Do you remember when you were three yrs. old? I am not trying to justify what happened, I do not agree with it at all, but as far as not pleading guilty, how would you handle this situation if it were you? Would you honestly stand up and say "I'm guilty, take me away and let the other inmates kill me, I don't deserve a trial"? I doubt that, and as for a lawyer, I guess they have to make a living somehow. Let him do his job!
Rose Garden

Courtland, AL

#10 Aug 1, 2006
Concerned Citizen,

My best friends 4 year old daughter Stephanie was raped by a 43 year old neighbor.

Steph was so badly injured that the doctors had to remove part of her lower intestine and upper colon.

During the court process, we learned about pedophiles and how they groom their victims. Some of the stuff they found in the guys house was so disturbing - I won't elaborate on it. But I will tell you that he had films he had purchased on the black market showing how to sexually abuse a child... how to control the child... how to shame the child into doing what you want them to do...

I'd have loved to go through my entire life without the knowledge of what some guys do to children (and even to adult women and men). Instead, I sat with my friend in court while she had to hear over and over the details of the assault, and how Steph’s injuries will leave her maimed for the rest of her life.

I am haunted by what happened to Steph... and how she will NEVER HAVE CHILDREN... and how the scars on her stomach will always remind her of who she calls the "man that hurt her so bad that she screamed and screamed".

Your lack of empathy has brought tears to my eyes, as I not only relive those months of anguish – but also because your comments are made in ignorance and denial. The same ignorance and denial that will lead to other children suffering at the hands of predators.
Dustins Mother

Safford, AZ

#11 Aug 1, 2006
Rose Garden wrote:
Concerned Citizen,
My best friends 4 year old daughter Stephanie was raped by a 43 year old neighbor.
Steph was so badly injured that the doctors had to remove part of her lower intestine and upper colon.
During the court process, we learned about pedophiles and how they groom their victims. Some of the stuff they found in the guys house was so disturbing - I won't elaborate on it. But I will tell you that he had films he had purchased on the black market showing how to sexually abuse a child... how to control the child... how to shame the child into doing what you want them to do...
I'd have loved to go through my entire life without the knowledge of what some guys do to children (and even to adult women and men). Instead, I sat with my friend in court while she had to hear over and over the details of the assault, and how Steph’s injuries will leave her maimed for the rest of her life.
I am haunted by what happened to Steph... and how she will NEVER HAVE CHILDREN... and how the scars on her stomach will always remind her of who she calls the "man that hurt her so bad that she screamed and screamed".
Your lack of empathy has brought tears to my eyes, as I not only relive those months of anguish – but also because your comments are made in ignorance and denial. The same ignorance and denial that will lead to other children suffering at the hands of predators.
Dear Rose Garden, My sincere apology for my comments. I'm sorry that you had to go through something as traumatic as what you've described. However that does not mean that this man was doing or intended to do the same things to this child. My heart truly does go out to any child that is treated this way. I cannot however accuse someone of what their intentions might have been. Again I do not condone what this man did, I only feel that he needs to be tried by the courts and not the people. Is that so wrong? I apologize again for the comments I made to you.
Pissed off in ABQ NM

Rio Rancho, NM

#12 Aug 14, 2006
Wow ... it's people like you that defend idiots like this that really get me going ... my only regret in this matter is that I can't be one of the ones in jail with Draper to show him what its like to be on the other end of abuse. A three-year old child should never have to deal with that type of abuse and I hope that some sharing jail time with Draper will give him actually what he deserves, because if you were right about anything, it is that the justice system won't treat him fairly ... because he'll get off with jail time at best ... he needs something that will stay with him for the rest of his life ... maybe a nice scar that people will recognize so that he is branded for what he is ... a coward and a child abuser.
Dustins Mother

Safford, AZ

#13 Aug 19, 2006
Pissed off in ABQ NM wrote:
Wow ... it's people like you that defend idiots like this that really get me going ... my only regret in this matter is that I can't be one of the ones in jail with Draper to show him what its like to be on the other end of abuse. A three-year old child should never have to deal with that type of abuse and I hope that some sharing jail time with Draper will give him actually what he deserves, because if you were right about anything, it is that the justice system won't treat him fairly ... because he'll get off with jail time at best ... he needs something that will stay with him for the rest of his life ... maybe a nice scar that people will recognize so that he is branded for what he is ... a coward and a child abuser.
Seems to me that you are quite a violent person yourself. I'm sure that he will carry many more scars from this incident than you or the other inmates could possibly inflict upon him. Scars that will follow him for the rest of his life. It's tough people like you that wish they could be in prison with him so you can beat the hell out of him to teach him a lesson! In reality I'm quite sure if you were the one being pursued by irrate inmates you'd be pissing your pants and begging for mercy!
Concerned for the child

United States

#14 Aug 20, 2006
In spite of the video, this poor little girl will be betrayed by a system that will give her abuser probation, probably. And the video does not show the worst of what was done to her! When the child told that she was being beaten and the mother was informed, she told the person it was none of their business! This mother has already forgiven him--what will you bet me that she will take up with another man just as bad? This child has other relatives, good people, who should be given custody of the little girl--immediately. And something should be done for her other children, also.
I REMEMBER

Safford, AZ

#15 Aug 21, 2006
Concerned citizen wrote:
<quoted text>She is fine on the outside and fortuantely she will not remember any of this in a short time. Do you remember when you were three yrs. old? I am not trying to justify what happened, I do not agree with it at all, but as far as not pleading guilty, how would you handle this situation if it were you? Would you honestly stand up and say "I'm guilty, take me away and let the other inmates kill me, I don't deserve a trial"? I doubt that, and as for a lawyer, I guess they have to make a living somehow. Let him do his job!
I had just about as perfect childhood as anyone can imagine. I had loving and caring parents, yet I do remember scenes and instances as early as 2 and a half years of age. They are things that were "important" to me at the time. I am just glad the things I remember are cute, funny or otherwise happy. This poor babygirl will have nightmares to remember. How fair is that? Fair trial is only a matter of perspective.
Over my Head

Tucson, AZ

#17 Sep 10, 2006
Concerned for the child wrote:
In spite of the video, this poor little girl will be betrayed by a system that will give her abuser probation, probably. And the video does not show the worst of what was done to her! When the child told that she was being beaten and the mother was informed, she told the person it was none of their business! This mother has already forgiven him--what will you bet me that she will take up with another man just as bad? This child has other relatives, good people, who should be given custody of the little girl--immediately. And something should be done for her other children, also.
I don't know where you get your information, but I know as soon as the mother found out...by finding the video tape accidentally...she went STRAIGHT to the police. She had no idea what was going on with her baby girl, and still finds out more all the time. The video seen on TV does not show all that happened, and all the videos do not begin to show all that happened. I am shocked at how people underestimate the minds of criminals and try to place the blame on the unsuspecting mother....To forgive does not mean to forget, nor that what the monster did was OK. It simply means that the person is choosing to give the crime to God to deal with...maybe so she can be the loving mother the child needs instead of filled with hate and turmoil...the feelings that dwell inside Draper and made him the horrid thing he is. Draper manipulated this woman intensely, purposely, and with great psychological knowledge---as he purposely torturously manipulateed the sweet little girl to train her into what he needed her to be. She won't be finding a man just like him...I doubt she'll be trusting any man or anyone else at all.
Christy M

Owensboro, KY

#18 Jan 13, 2007
What ever happened with this case? Was he found guilty and what was his sentencing? I can't find anything else on the web once arrested....
Over my Head

Tucson, AZ

#19 Jan 28, 2007
Christy M wrote:
What ever happened with this case? Was he found guilty and what was his sentencing? I can't find anything else on the web once arrested....
There is another pre-trial conference on January 29th. It is still on-going.
Christy M

Owensboro, KY

#20 Feb 4, 2007
I hate to keep asking about this case but what happened on 1/29? I went to nursing school with this guy and just found out about his actions!!!! I haven't spoken to him since he moved almost 4 years ago. I truly hate it for this victim and the family and also his family.
Over my Head

Tucson, AZ

#21 Mar 20, 2007
Christy M wrote:
I hate to keep asking about this case but what happened on 1/29? I went to nursing school with this guy and just found out about his actions!!!! I haven't spoken to him since he moved almost 4 years ago. I truly hate it for this victim and the family and also his family.
Yesterday, he was sentenced to 3 years in prison and if he gets any parole he will go straight to the also sentenced intensive probation for 3 years. He is to have no contact with any child under the age of 12. The judge recommended counseling, life skills since he no longer has a nursing license, and anger management. Court was very emotional. The 40 minutes of video tapes were not played, even though it was felt that his family should actually have to view them to understand the severity. Only a very few people have seen all of the tapes, and they are sickening. The last and worst of the tapes were protected from the media. The judge took into consideration the age of the little girl (2-3), the threatening use of a deadly weapon (baseball bat based on the size and age of the victim), the fact that he video taped them, there was no purpose for the abuse, the psychological effects on the child, the breech of trust to the mother, and I may have forgotten some of the other things the judge said. He was very considerate to realize that the victim still needs reassurance that he will no longer be able to harm her, and that the public needs to know that this behavior and abuse of children would not go unpunishied. He stated he considered throwing out the plea, but based on the laws realized that there would not be much more time a jury could give and the time it would take for a trial wouldn't compensate. I don't feel there aren't laws adequate for this unique and heinous crime. The county attorney gave an eye-opening, emotional, and very descriptive account of the crime and speech on what he felt needed to be done. Of course, the defense tried to portray Dusty as an upstanding citizen that got lost in drugs. However, a lot of people do drugs and the crimes they usually get into trouble are either for drugs or for crimes in which they are attempting to get drugs, stealing. The attorney stated that he does not appear to be on drugs in all of the videos, and he specifically said the worst of the videos he didn't seem to be on drugs. Anyway, I could say so much more, but this gives a very brief synopsis. By the way though, yesterday was also the little girls 4th birthday....a sort of poetic justice. However, although it being over feels good-I'm still left with an emptiness inside. I don't think 3 years adequately serves justice, but understand this is all the law could allow. I just have faith that God has a plan and he is taking care of us all.

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