- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A house guest convicted of repeatedly kidnapping and sexually abusing a California couple’s toddler during overnight stays was sentenced by a federal judge Tuesday to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Shawn McCormack, 31, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, pretended to be the couple’s friend, but used visits to their Bakersfield home to abuse their toddler in the middle of the night at motels and in parked cars while the couple slept, according to the Department of Justice. McCormack was also accused of photographing and recording the abuse and distributing the images online.

“McCormack’s depraved actions in this case are the stuff of nightmares,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in a statement.

Homeland Security agents in 2010 discovered images and recordings distributed by McCormack. They were able to identify the date one of the videos was produced and the motel room where it was shot and learned that McCormack had rented the room that night, according to prosecutors.

A jury found him guilty in April of four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two counts of kidnapping.


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