A Texas couple has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for using a 9-month-old girl to produce sexually explicit child porn.
One image showed the 39-year-old Seymour man performing oral sex on the baby, according to federal agents.
In another image, the Seymour man’s wife was shown sitting down with the infant in her lap, both nude below the waist.
Bill Monroe Day, 39, and his wife, Laura Day, 47, were sentenced last week in federal court in Wichita Falls to 30 years in prison each on a federal charge of sexual exploitation of children. The two had pleaded guilty earlier this year.
The Days were accused of using the baby to produce the child porn on May 4, 2015, and then mailing and shipping it across the country.
Texas Department of Public Safety Ranger Michael Schraub received three Cyber tip reports in April 2017 related to child porn images detected by Microsoft which was reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Officials reported that a person using the Skype screen name “daybill253” uploaded multiple images of apparent child porn.
Based on information provided by Microsoft, NCMEC officials identified the possible suspects as Bill or Laura Day in Seymour, according to the criminal complaint filed against the Days. The town is about 135 miles northwest of Fort Worth.
In May 2017, authorities executed a search warrant at the Days’ home, seizing computers, laptops, a cellphone and external storage devices. At that time, Bill Day admitted to Schraub that he traded child porn.
DPS officials completed computer forensic examinations on the devices and authorities then observed Bill Day performing oral sex on a baby girl in one of the photos. In another photo, Laura Day and the baby were nude from the waist down.
DPS officials identified Laura Day as the adult female in the photo by matching a tattoo visible in the photo with other photos of the Seymour woman that displayed the same tattoo.
In an interview with authorities in February, Laura Day identified her husband as the man performing a sex act on the infant and she admitted taking the photo. She also admitted to being the nude adult female holding the baby.
Authorities tracked down the mother of the infant who provided investigators with clothing of her baby which matched the clothing she wore at the time the child porn photos were taken.
The Days received the maximum sentence on the federal charge, according to federal court records.