Stephan Sterns

Stephan Sterns was charged with sexual abuse of a minor days after his girlfriend's daughter, Madeline Soto, was found murdered on March 1 in a wooded area of Osceola County, Florida. Nearly two months later, Sterns was indicted on charges of first-degree murder.


Court TV producer Cody Thomas returns to Florida where Madeline Soto's body was discovered and retraces Stephan Sterns' steps. Sterns was charged with sexual abuse of a minor days after Soto was found on March 1 in a wooded area.
side by side photos of Madeline Soto and Stephan Sterns
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New documents offer more insight as we continue to learn more about what the dynamic was between Stephan Sterns and his alleged victim, Madeline Soto. Soto told a school counselor that Sterns made her 'uncomfortable.'
Hundreds of pages of investigative documents and reports into the disappearance and murder of Madeline Soto are revealing the mountain of evidence police have gathered against her accused killer, Stephan Sterns.
photos of madeline soto and stephan sterns with court documents
According to WFTV Investigative Reporter Shannon Butler, authorities have determined that Madeline Soto was allegedly strangled by Stephan Sterns, who faces the possibility of the death penalty for Soto's murder.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Stephan Sterns, who's charged with sexual abuse of a minor. Sterns was later indicted on charges of first-degree murder in connection to Madeline Soto's death.
Court TV addresses the odd reaction from Madeline Soto's mother, Jenn Soto, in newly released bodycam footage as the investigation starts in the search for Madeline Soto, who had been missing for twelve hours at that point.
Newly released videos of Stephan Sterns and Jenn Soto are offering new insight into the first minutes of the search for Madeline Soto, the 13-year-old girl found dead in a wooded area days after she was reported missing.
Stephan Sterns and Jennifer Soto are seen on bodycamera
A lot of questions are being asked about Jenn Soto; and whether she knew about the abuse Madeline Soto was allegedly suffering at the hands of Stephan Sterns. Jenn allowed Stephan to sleep in the same bed as Madeline when she wasn't present.
Photo of Madeline Soto
Audio of Stephan Sterns' February 27, 2024 police interview is released. The interview occurred before Madeline Soto's body was found and before the disturbing images on his phone were discovered.
side by side photos of Madeline Soto and Stephan Sterns