Man wants to represent himself in infant sex case appeal
By Teresa Auch Schultz email@example.com August 5, 2014 12:42PM
Christopher M. Bour and Natisha Hillard
Updated: September 7, 2014 6:23AM
A Gary man who’s serving life in prison for paying to have sex with an infant wants to represent himself in his appeal, according to a letter he wrote to the court
In the letter, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Christopher Bour says he plans on filing arguments that his attorney, Matthew Soliday, provided ineffective assistance of counsel.
The letter also claims that Bour has offered to settle a restitution amount to his victims but was rejected. Bour now wants to litigate the matter himself.
Bour pleaded guilty without a plea deal in place with the government earlier this year to paying to have sex with the infant, producing child pornography of the infant and the infant’s older sister, who was then three to five years old, and possessing child pornography. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Federal attorneys are asking a federal judge to order Bour to pay $37,500 each to his two victims. In their request for restitution last month, federal attorneys said the two young victims likely would need at least five to 10 years of therapy. A psychologist has said the girls likely would spend at least $50,000 on therapy.
Natisha Hillard, who sold the children to Bour and has also pleaded guilty in the case, has agreed to pay $12,500 to each child.
The government argues that Bour should be held responsible for 75 percent of the girls’ therapy, partly because he initiated the arrangement and because Hillard has a low IQ.