A Gary, Ind. man will spend the rest of his life in federal prison for sexually molesting an infant on eight occasions during about a 14-month period in 2011 and 2012.
Christopher M. Bour, 40, pleaded guilty in January, without a plea agreement, to paying Natisha Hillard a total of $500 to have sex with a 4-month-old girl, an arrangement that lasted until the child was 18 months old.
U.S. District Court Judge Rudy Lozano on Thursday rejected Bour’s request for the mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison, saying that his crime was too “horrific.” He sentenced Bour to a life sentence plus 55 years to be served consecutively.
“In all honesty, much of the evidence in here is very disgusting,” Lozano said during the sentencing hearing at federal court in Hammond.
Bour pleaded guilty to buying a child for sex, possessing child pornography and three counts of producing child pornography.
Hillard, whom Bour met in 2011 through a dating service, also pleaded guilty in the case and is awaiting sentencing. She was prepared to testify Thursday at Bour’s sentencing but was not called, according to prosecutors.
Hillard has admitted to being in the room with Bour and the baby on all but the last meeting, when he paid her extra to be alone with the baby.
He also took sexual images of the child’s older sister, who was about 3 years old at the time, and had child pornography images of other children that he did not produce, according to the government.
Lozano noted that Bour made several contradictory statements, including that he had cooperated with police from the beginning.
However, he told police when they first searched his house that he only possessed child pornography but had never sexually touched a child. A week later, though, police discovered images on his computer showing him having sex with the infant, the judge said.
Lozano said Bour showed no remorse for his crime and bragged about having sex with babies in text conversations with an acquaintance.
Source: CBS Chicago