Gary man admits buying baby for sex
BY TERESA AUCH SCHULTZ firstname.lastname@example.org January 30, 2014 12:30PM
Christopher M. Bour and Natisha Hillard. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: May 14, 2014 11:34AM
A Gary man paid a total of $500 to a Gary woman to buy an infant so he could have sex with the child.
That and other details emerged Thursday as Christopher M. Bour of Gary pleaded guilty to several charges that will send him to prison for decades.
Bour, 40, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison and could get a life sentence. He pleaded guilty to one count each of buying a child for child pornography and possessing child pornography and three counts of using a child to make child pornography. Bour made no deal with federal attorneys.
Bour spoke little at the hearing in U.S. District Court in Hammond, but answered “yes” as his attorney, Matthew Soliday, asked him if he committed the crimes.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster detailed the crimes, telling U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano how an acquaintance of Bour’s went to the FBI in February 2013, saying Bour had asked her several times if she wanted to watch and record him sexually touch a child.
The woman told officials Bour texted her “lol, don’t judge me, don’t knock it till you try it,” Koster said.
The woman allowed an FBI agent to use her phone to impersonate her. The agent texted with Bour, who said he had an 18-month-old child ready who he had been with since the child was 4 months old. “It’s the best sex I ever had,” Bour texted, Koster told Lozano.
The FBI searched his house the next day, and he admitted he had collected child pornography after becoming interested in it two years before. He denied ever sexually touching a child, however, and claimed the texts were just role play.
Police later found two videos of Bour sexually touching a baby girl who appeared to be 6 to 9 months old.
They could also see a woman in the images holding the baby by the shoulders as Bour molested her. She was later identified as Natisha Hillard, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to selling the child to Bour. They also found explicit pictures of the baby’s older sister, now 5.
Hillard told officials she met Bour through a dating service in 2011 and that during their first meeting in person, he started asking about the child. She agreed to sell the child to Bour eight times for a total of $500 because, she told officials, she needed money, Koster said. She also admitted she initiated some meetings to get more money and would sometimes hold the camera.
She also told officials that Bour claimed he had done this once before with a woman in Illinois.
Cell phones belonging to Bour and Hillard show hundreds of texts, including one from Bour just before he was arrested asking Hillard for “pics of our baby.”
Bour is scheduled to be sentenced May 15.