Greeneville, Tenn: Parents want the world for their children. They strive to help them grow and thrive as the safety of a child worry them. But instead of giving care and safety a Tennessee man sold his three daughters to a man who raped them and used them in child pornography.
According to a statement from the office of acting U.S. Attorney Nancy Harr. The 63-year-old father is sentenced to life in prison on Monday. In January a federal jury convicted the father on all four counts of an indictment, including the selling of a child by a parent, production of child pornography, production of child pornography by parents, and coercion and enticement of a minor.
The court records shows that the girls were sexually abused and exploited from February 2011 to August 2012. They had medical problems that were not being treated and were not going to school.
Both the parents were involved with the abuse and exploitation of the children aged 12, 14 and 16. The mother, who is now 41, was sentenced in February to serve 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of the production of child pornography by a parent.
US District Judge J Ronnie Greer called it as one of the most horrible crimes he’d ever seen. The release said the police discovered what happened to the girls. It was not immediately clear when that was.
Harr’s office said in the evidence which is presented during the father’s trial showed a two-year pattern of sexual abuse, dozens of confirmed rapes of his children and the production of 400 images of child sexual abuse.
Federal prosecutors said the fathers “complete unwillingness to accept responsibility for his conduct and decisions and his history of neglect and abuse of his children demonstrate a great need” to protect the public.
“This offense is the most serious … that undersigned counsel has prosecuted during her thirty years of federal service,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith said in the written request. “Words cannot adequately describe the seriousness of the offense.”