A Colorado man was found guilty of kidnapping and sexually abusing an 11-month-old after distributing photos and video of the abuse online.
According to reports, 31-year-old Shawn McCormack faced a four-day trial and was ultimately found guilty of four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of kidnapping.
McCormack was reportedly a high school friend of the victim’s father and has stayed overnight at the family’s home in Bakersfield, California, on multiple occasions. On several of those visits, McCormack allegedly took the boy from the home in the middle of the night to a local motel and filmed himself abusing the 11-month-old. The 31-year-old wound up distributing the media online, and eventually, an undercover officer found them.
McCormack has been in federal custody since 2011, and now, after finally being found guilty, he will face sentencing this summer.
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“I think that any right-thinking adult is appalled when a child is hurt,” Louis Gill, executive director of the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. “It's heartbreaking to hear of a child being hurt in this manner. An 11-month-old victim is of course going to have physical manifestations from this trauma. They are going to result in things like night terrors, bed-wetting.”
For his crimes, McCormack faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years behind bars.