Victims' father gets life in prison

RENO " A Reno man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison plus 20 years for his part in the sexual exploitation of his two daughters which officials believe lasted for eight years in two counties.

Washoe District Judge Robert H. Perry sentenced Kevan Thoman, 35, to life in Nevada State Prison with the possibility of parole in 10 years for lewdness with a minor and 4-20 years for attempted sexual assault of a minor.

Perry ordered the terms be served consecutively.

Thoman and his ex-wife, Stacy Thoman, 32, are accused of engaging in sexual activities with the two girls beginning in 2000, when the oldest girl was 6.

The victims are now 12 and 15 and living with relatives.

Stacy Thoman is in custody in Douglas County Jail pending her arraignment Monday before Douglas District Judge Michael Gibbons.

She faces six felony charges involving lewdness with a child under 14 and child abuse or neglect (sexual) of a child under the age of 14 causing substantial bodily or mental harm.

If convicted, she faces life in prison.

According to reports, the crimes in Douglas County allegedly occurred from October 2004 until February 2008, while the Thomans lived on Granite Way in Topaz Ranch Estates, and continued after the family moved to Reno.

Washoe County prosecutor Kelly Ann Partin read a letter the older daughter wrote in September 2008 after her parents were arrested, begging to be reunited with her father.

"I do see the error of my father's ways, but this is no business of the government," she wrote. "I grew up way too fast, but it was good for me. My father is a proud Libertarian. I will follow his example."

Partin said she introduced the letter to show how thoroughly the victims had been indoctrinated by their parents.

"Hopefully, she is in a better place now," Partin said. "This indoctrination in sexual conduct between himself and his wife does not deserve any leniency from this court."

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