Crime

Baby-Sitter Sentenced To Prison For Child Pornography

| by Brendan Kelly

A man from Brighton, New York, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to produce child pornography after sending a letter to a 9-year-old boy and threatening his school, causing it to go on lockdown.

Joseph Lamica, 26, was a baby-sitter who advertised his services on sites such as Craigslist and Care. He was fired from baby-sitting a 9-year-old autistic boy after having a conversation about sex with the child, Daily Mail reports.

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Lamica wrote a letter to the child professing his love, which he delivered to him at school, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.

"I remember everything we've done together," he wrote in the letter. "I had to contact you because I love you and always will."

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The child's mother contacted police after her son received the letter and Lamica was banned from the  school.

After being banned from the school, Lamica called the Churchville-Chili Central school district and threatened to "slit throats" and "huff and puff and blow the school down," according to the Democrat & Chronicle. The school was locked down following Lamica's threats.

Authorities later found Lamica's notebooks in which he wrote about his attraction to young children. They also found child pornography in his possession and video of a child he baby-sat.

One journal entry of Lamica's said he was "needing to find a boy worth taking" and discussed buying alcohol and medicine to see "how it affects them."

Lamica was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on May 5 after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Sources: Daily MailDemocrat & Chronicle (2) / Photo credit: Democrat & Chronicle