During a child pornography investigation in 2009, police officials in the United Kingdom seized a memory stick at a suspect's house. The device was found to contain images of child pornography with children as young as 18 months, but it gets even worse.
There was also video footage of a woman abusing a 2-year-old girl during a web chat, at the suspect's direction.
Julie Carr, 33, from Maine, is the woman on that video. The toddler in the video is her daughter. She was performing sex acts on her own baby girl while a man she met on a dating site watched live via a webcam.
Carr has been sentenced a year after confessing that she recorded the videos. When she pleaded guilty in February 2010, she admitted that she sent four live videos of herself performing sex acts on her youngest daughter.
The video chats occurred between June 9 and June 11, 2009, and were sent to a man in West Midlands, England, who recorded them. Nicholas J. Wilde, now 20, was being investigated in another child pornography case when officers found the webcast recordings that were traced to Carr in Mars Hill, Maine.
Carr has now been sentenced to 20 years in prison, with U.S. District Judge John Woodcock telling her that hers was the worst case he'd ever seen.
The only possible silver lining in this unspeakably awful story is that four children have been removed from Julie Carr's custody. She has three daughters and a son, all of whom hopefully have a new chance at a better life. The three daughters were all under the age of 4 when she was arrested.
The youngest had been chosen for the abusive video because she was "the cutest." She was under 3 at the time, and still in diapers.
I cannot even imagine what all has gone wrong in this woman's head, and I don't want to. I don't want to think about how she can be rehabilitated, or how her children could someday form a new relationship with her when they're older.
There can be no punishment that truly fits the crime. There's no way to inflict the same breach of trust. Right or wrong, I hope Julie Carr rots in jail until the end of her days, and that her children forget she ever existed.
Do you think 20 years is a strong enough sentence for what Julie Carr did?
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