TAMPA, Fla. – A baby rapist has been convicted and banished from society for a substantial period of time. The former paramedic from Florida was sentenced to 70 years in prison for recording a series of heinous videos of himself raping his 1-year-old daughter and posting them to the dark web, reported the New York Post.
James Lockhart, 31, made the sickening four-video series of the sexual abuse between March 2016 and February 2018 and uploaded the clips on dark web forums using the screen names “StrangeWood” and “HardWood,” according to court records.
Lockhart, who worked at Paramedics Logistics Florida from 2012 to October 2018, pled guilty to charges of producing, distributing and possessing child pornography in March. He was sentenced on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced.
Moreover, in addition to sordid material he posted online, investigators found more videos and photos showing the baby being sexually abused in Lockhart’s possession, according to authorities.
Lockhart’s wife and the mother of his two children, a boy and a girl, identified the baby in the video as their daughter. She also identified the man’s hand in the video as her husband’s, according to Newsweek.
The aberrant Bradenton, Fla., man also bragged about sexually abusing another 1-year-old child, authorities said.
The baby rapist was arrested Oct. 5, 2018 after Homeland Security agents searched his home and found the disturbing images on his computer, The Miami Herald reported.
On his devices, investigators also found a collection of child pornography that included 4,000 images and 43 videos.
“This deviant committed the most horrible atrocities imaginable to a one-year-old child,” said Homeland Security Investigations Tampa Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Cochran.
“HSI’s national and international partnerships have helped ensure that this predator will never again harm a child.”