Infant sex case defendant insists life term too harsh
By Teresa Auch-Schultz email@example.com May 9, 2014 10:06PM
Updated: June 11, 2014 6:08AM
A Gary man is asking to serve the mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison for paying a woman $500 to have sex with an infant and then taking pornographic pictures of him with the child.
Christopher M. Bour’s attorney, Matthew Soliday, argues in the sentencing memorandum, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond, that the recommended sentence of life in prison was too steep.
Bour pleaded guilty earlier this year to paying Natisha Hillard, 25, whom he had met in 2011 through a dating service, to have sex with an infant on eight separate occasions and to also taking sexually explicit photos of the infant’s older sister.
Law enforcement found images of Bour sexually touching the infant, who appeared to be 6 to 9 months old. The sister was about 3 years old in the images. Hillard can be seen in some of the images holding the infant.
Bour did not sign a plea agreement with federal attorneys when he pleaded guilty.
Soliday notes that Bour, 40, had never been arrested before this case and has been self-employed since he was 20.
The memo argues that although Bour was wrong, studies show most children don’t remember the first few years of their lives.
“It is with great hope that (the victims) do not remember any of the events…” the memo says.
Soliday also says in the memo that texts Bour sent to another person about having sex with children were just “role play” and that Bour had at one point tried to stop seeing Hillard and the child by telling her he had moved to South Bend.
Several family members wrote letters in support of Bour, including his brother, Scott Bour.
He wrote that both of them have never known who there father is and that Christopher Bour has always been a hard worker, getting his first job at the age of 11.
“He was very motivated, and he made sure that whatever needed to get done, got done,” Scott Bour wrote.
Christopher Bour is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.