Shawn McCormack, 31, sneaked the toddler out of the parents’ home at night and abused the child then returned before the couple woke
Sickening: Shawn McCormack
A sick paedophile has been jailed for life for kidnapping his friends’ toddler and sexually abusing the child to produce child pornography, prosecutors said.
Shawn McCormack was found guilty of four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of kidnapping during a four-day trial.
The 31-year-old, from Colorado Springs, stayed overnight with the child’s parents on multiple occasions under the pretence of befriending them, the trial heard.
Several times, he snuck their toddler out of the home, in Bakersfield, California, in the middle of the night and recorded himself sexually abusing the child at locations including his truck and a nearby motel.
He then returned to the house before the couple woke in the morning, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
Leslie Caldwell, Assistant US Attorney General for the Justice Department’s criminal division, called McCormack’s crimes “depraved … the stuff of nightmares.”
“While posing as a trusted friend and house guest, McCormack kidnapped his hosts’ toddler child and sexually abused the child in local motels and parked cars,” Caldwell said.
McCormack shared the pornographic images online, where they were seen by an undercover investigator with the Toronto Police Services, prosecutors said.
McCormack also recorded and distributed his sexual abuse of a second child, they said.
He was identified after Homeland Security Investigations agents in Boston, while carrying out a forensic analysis of a computer belonging to another person, viewed copies it held of the recordings and images distributed by McCormack.
“After the agents identified the date, time and motel room in which one of the videos had been produced, they learned that McCormack had rented that motel room on the night when the recording was created,” prosecutors said.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner of the Eastern District of California said McCormack’s “vile and heart-breaking” acts might have continued undetected for years, if not for the “imaginative, dogged, and painstaking work” of investigators.