71-year-old sentenced to prison for sexually abusing child

October 10, 2013 

— A Nampa man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday for molesting a young girl his wife babysat.

Ross Virgil White, 71, will have to spend at least two years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.

White abused the child between the ages of seven and nine at his home. Now 14, the girl addressed the court during the sentencing.

“I just want to say I am not going to let this have a negative effect on my life,” she said. “I am going to walk away knowing that I am stronger. I am going to take this part of my life and help others… going through the same thing, and change somebody’s life forever.”

Judge Bradly S. Ford lambasted White as he handed down the sentence, calling his actions “profoundly selfish.”

He also ordered White to register as a sex offender and have no contact with the victim.

White’s defense attorney had asked the judge to sentence the man to house arrest instead of prison.

But Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said that wasn’t enough. Although he pleaded guilty in August, White continually tried to overplay mental heath issues and cast blame onto his child victim for the sexual abuse, Taylor said.

“The defendant’s actions, as well as his manipulation throughout this case, warrants a prison sentence,” he said. “Justice warrants a prison sentence.”

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