Criminal Justice

More Charges in Child Purchase Case

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June 5, 2013 — The United States Attorney’s office in Hammond says two Gary residents have more charges after federal indictments Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney says 29-year-old Christopher M. Bour and 34-year-old Natisha Hillard were each charged in a superseding indictment with two additional counts of production of child pornography, while Bour also has an additional count of possession of child pornography. In their initial indictment Bour was charged with one count of purchase of a child and Hillard with one count of sale of a child in a case that resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Indiana State Police, the Gary Police Department, and the Michigan City Police Department.

They pleaded “not guilty” March 11 to child pornography in federal court after a tip by a woman who received a text from Bour started an investigation. The initial federal indictment included five counts, alleging Hillard sold her 18-month-old child for the production of child pornography, permitting the child to participate in the production. Bour’s initial charges involve purchase of a child for production of child pornography, one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography featuring a minor under the age of 12.

Photo: Christopher Bour

 

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