Former paramedic sentenced to 70 years for producing series of sex abuse videos involving 1-year-old child in Bradenton

Former paramedic sentenced to 70 years for producing series of sex abuse videos involving 1-year-old child in Bradenton
Lockhart pleads guilty to producing sex abuse video of one-year old (Source: Department of Justice)

BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - A former paramedic in Bradenton will spend up to 70 years in prison after video taping himself having sex with a toddler.

According to a release from Department of Justice, between March 2016 and February 2018, 31-year-old James Lockhart of Bradenton produced four videos of himself having sex with the 1-year-old child. The DOJ says he used the dark web to gain notoriety in an online forum and created other sex abuse videos and images of the child.

After a search warrant was conducted on his home, detectives found 43 videos and 4,000 images of child pornography. The DOJ says Lockhart’s child pornography collection included infants and violent and sadomasochistic acts.

Before his arrest, Lockhart was a paramedic for a private ambulance company, according to the release.

Lockhart pleaded guilty to producing, distributing and possessing child pornography last March. The sentence he received was the maximum for the charges he pleaded guilty to.

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