Page man sentenced to life in prison for child molestation


Michael Long Sr. of Page has been sentenced to life in prison on one count of child molestation, two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and five counts of sexual assault. He was convicted of the charges during a trial in October. 

In 2017, the Page Police Department conducted an investigation into allegations of child molestation that had occurred in the mid-1990s to early 2000s. As a result of the investigation, Long, then 58, was charged with 10 felony counts. 

Another Page man, Ryan Hensman, was sentenced on Nov. 18 to eight years in prison after he was found guilty by a jury last September for one count of sexual assault, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and six counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Hensman was arrested on Aug. 5, 2019, after an investigation into multiple sex crimes involving victims who were minors that occurred between November of 2014 and June of 2019. 

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old 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. The names of the victims were not released. 

Another Page man, James Lane, was found guilty by a jury on Nov. 10 of first-degree murder and child abuse, among other charges. Victoria Bizardie accepted a plea agreement for manslaughter and child abuse, among other charges. There is a sentencing hearing for both scheduled in December.

Lane and Bizardie had been arrested on Aug. 16, 2019, after an extensive investigation into the death of 6-year-old Lariyah Davison. 

Davison died on May 3, 2019, as a result of a fatal overdose of an illegal narcotic.

The suspects, identified as 51-year-old Lane and 47-year-old Bizardie of Page, are grandparents to the victim. Davison had been living with her grandparents when the incident occurred. 

Lane and Bizardie were booked into the Coconino County Jail on the following charges: first degree murder, child abuse, endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a deadly weapon in a drug offense, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transporting marijuana for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transporting dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, transporting narcotic drugs for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia. lane was also booked for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited possessor. The crimes were all felonies, ranging from class 1 to class 6.


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