Local businessman arrested

Photo courtesy of Coconino County Jail

After sex crimes against minors investigation

PAGE – The suspect was arrested Aug. 5 by Page Police. The arrest follows an investigation into multiple sex crimes involving minors between November 2014 and June 2019.

According to Page Police, “The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Ryan Hensman of Page, was booked into the Coconino County Jail for one count of sexual conduct with a minor under 15 and three counts of sexual assault, all of which are Class 2 felonies. The investigation revealed there were two victims, both of whom were under 18 years of age when the incidents occurred.”

County records show Hensman’s bail was set at $200,000. As of Monday morning, Hensman had not posted bail. As of Aug. 9, Hensman was scheduled to appear in Page Justice Court.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one in nine girls and one in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult. Eighty-two (82) percent of all victims under 18 are female. Females ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault.

In 2016, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 57,329 children were victims of sexual abuse.

Every 9 minutes Child Protective Services substantiates, or found strong evidence for, a claim of child sexual abuse.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2466 May 2019. The bill passed unanimously in the Arizona State Legislature. It strengthens protections for victims of child sexual abuse by extending time limits for victims to pursue civil action against perpetrators from two-years to 12-years. This allows victims to pursue justice up to the age of 30.

The bill also allows “civil action to be taken against an organization that knew or had notice of the sexual conduct. The bill’s provisions allow victims of child sexual abuse to seek justice and receive relief from a perpetrator.”

Ducey signed an executive order in April 2017 to establish the Justice for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Task Force. Members of the task force consist of representatives from the law enforcement community, the Arizona House of Representatives, the Arizona Senate and advocates of victims of child sexual abuse.


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