'DWTS' Favorite Paige VanZant's Brother Arrested In Sick Child Sex-Abuse Scandal

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May. 13 2016, Updated 4:36 p.m. ET

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Paige VanZant — a Dancing With the Stars fan favorite and mixed martial arts fighter — is hiding an appalling child sex-abuse scandal!

According to official court records uncovered exclusively by, the brawling beauty's brother is a convicted child molester now serving time for an attempted sex attack on a 13-year-old boy.

VanZant, a former child model who is ranked seventh in the UFC's Women's Strawweight Division, has often talked about growing up as a tomboy in Oregon with older brother Steven Sletten, 24. She stopped using the last name Sletten years ago.

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"My brother and I used to box each other in our neighborhood," VanZant, 22, has recalled.

But she's failed to ever mention Sletten is now prisoner #19425143 at the Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem, Ore.

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The 235-pound predator was arrested in April 2012 after a youth, then 13, told detectives Sletten had abused him more than once while visiting a friend who lived in Corvallis.

The abuse allegedly began in May 2011, and after investigators found child porn on Sletten's computer. He was arrested and charged with four counts of sodomy, two counts of sexual abuse and first-degree online sexual corruption of a minor.

In a plea deal, Sletten pled guilty to attempted sodomy and attempted sexual abuse in March 2013. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and five-years of probation, according to the clerk at the Benton County Circuit Court.

VanZant's brother will be eligible for early release in May 2017.


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