This story is so unbelievable, it never gets old! BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Federal agents arrested a
Colorado man they say raped a baby at a Bakersfield motel and put the
whole thing on video. The yearlong investigation led them to the local
motel and a family whose son was the victim.
The investigation started after agents in Boston stumbled across the video of the rape
during a child porn bust. It took 11 months, but agents were finally
able to figure out where the tape was made and who made it. Federal agents say they used clues in the video to determine the man on the tape is Shawn Joseph McCormack, 27.
A TV was playing in the background of the video, and investigators traced
the program and a commercial seen on the tape and figured out the only
time those two were broadcast together was on March 28, 2009, in
Bakersfield.They also used furnishings in the background of the video to figure out the tape was made at California Best Inn on Wible Road.
"I think that any right-thinking adult is appalled when a child is hurt.
It’s heartbreaking to hear of a child being hurt in this manner," said
Louis Gill, executive director of the Alliance against Family Violence
and Sexual Assault
Gill says even though the victim was 11 months old at the time of the rape, he will still suffer lifelong trauma. "An11-month-old victim is of course going to have physical manifestations
from this trauma. They are going to result in things like night terrors,
bed-wetting,” Gill said.
Agents say they found receipts that show
McCormack stayed at the motel and in the room seen in the video on the
night the tape was made.
They say McCormack was an occasional
house guest at the victim's Bakersfield home and that is how he was able
to take the baby to the motel in the middle of the night while the
victim's parents slept. "It is typical for the assailant to be known to the family, often trusted,” Gill said. McCormack is in federal custody in Colorado. Agents say he will be brought back to California in the next few weeks.
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