Woman Sold Her Baby for Sex Multiple Times, Man Took Porn Images of Child

State   Steven Ertelt   Jan 28, 2015   |   11:39AM    Gary, IN

Last year, an Indiana woman admitted to authorities to selling her baby for sexual relations multiple times. Natisha Hillard, then 25, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on accusations that she sold her baby to a man for sex multiple times and was present for all but one of the transactions.

Reports indicate Hillard pleaded guilty to one count of selling a child for sex and two counts of allowing a child to take part in child pornography.

Hillard admitted under questioning by her attorney, Visvaldis Kupsis, that she met Christopher M. Bour through a dating service in 2011 and that they agreed to meet at her place. That was when Bour started asking her about two children she had access to, both girls, who were 4 months and 3 years old at the time.

The crimes lasted from September 2011 until February 2013, when an acquaintance of Bour alerted the FBI that he had been asking her to take part.

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She agreed with statements by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jill Koster that she can be seen on images found on Bour’s computer showing him sexually touching the child with Hillard in the background.

She also let Bour take sexual pictures of the older child at least once, Koster said.

Koster said that Hillard told law enforcement after she was arrested that she agreed to sell the children to Bour because she needed money and that Bour paid her extra for the last encounter to be alone with child.

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Now, Bour has been ordered to pay the child restitution in the case:

A man convicted of purchasing an infant and using her and her sister to make child pornography was ordered Monday to pay $75,000 in restitution to the girls for mental health counseling.

Christopher Bour, 41, argued he owed no restitution in part because he didn’t distribute the pornography and the girls are unlikely to remember the abuse because of their young ages.

U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano found Bour’s defense that he didn’t distribute the pornography to be “ludicrous.”

Lozano also cited a licensed clinical psychologist’s report, which said that while an infant “may not retain a ‘cognitive memory’ of their abusive experiences, they are likely to sustain numerous later difficulties based on that ‘betrayal in infancy.'” The psychologist said support from a mental health professional is essential for a person who was sexually abused or exploited as a child to deal with possible reactions to the abuse.

A letter written by the psychologist estimates each girl will need counseling once a week for five to 10 years. Each session typically costs $125, the letter says.

Lozano ordered about $8,300 in proceeds from the sale of Bour’s Gary home to be surrendered as a partial restitution payment.

Lozano sentenced Bour in May to life in prison. He is incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary Tuscon in Arizona.

The girls’ mother, Natisha Hillard, was sentenced in June to more than 24 years in prison for her role in the abuses. Hillard agreed to pay $12,500 in restitution for each of the girls.