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Stone County woman, charged for not reporting husband’s abuse of minor, is heading to prison

A Stone County woman who police say knew of her husband’s sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 14 and did not report it to the authorities has been sentenced to a term in prison. The sentence came after a negotiated plea of guilty.

The Stone County Circuit Court sentencing order says Stephanie Leann Stair (pictured above), 35, was sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Stair had been charged with eight counts of permitting abuse of a minor and one count of endangering the welfare of a minor.

The sentencing order said seven of the eight counts were not processed, pursuant to the plea agreement. Stair was also ordered to pay court costs and other fees totaling $520. She was given credit for 23 days spent in jail.

Stair’s husband, Lloyd E. Stair (pictured below), 47, accepted a negotiated plea of guilty to rape and sexual assault in the second degree. (Click here for more on that story.) He was also sentenced to 300 months in state prison on the rape charge and 60 months in prison on the five counts of sexual assault in the second degree. Circuit Judge Tim Weaver said the sentences will run consecutively, meaning Lloyd E. Stair was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.

Lloyd Stair

The husband’s case was brought to light in December 2018. Court information said from interviews and statements with Lloyd E. Stair, it was learned he and a minor victim had engaged in multiple incidents of sexual intercourse, sexual contact, and deviant sexual activity over a period of years.

Images via Stone County Jail

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