2-yr-old 'screamed and cried' as father filmed himself sexually abusing her before posting video on the dark web
30-year-old James Lockhart was at home with his wife and children when agents raided his house and his wife instantly recognized her daughter in the video agents showed her
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In a horrifying incident emerging from Manatee County in Florida, a young child believed to be just two years of age reportedly "screamed and cried" as her father raped her, filmed the sexual assault, and then uploaded the footage on to the dark web.
According to the Miami Herald, who cited a report by the Department of Homeland Security, 30-year-old James Lockhart, a resident of Bradenton, Florida, "posted a video of extreme sexual abuse of a female child (appearing to be less than two-years-old by an adult male."
A criminal complaint filed in federal court concerning the incident states that the eight-minute video which "documents the rape" was apparently uploaded on to the dark web by Lockhart in November 2017. It also states that the victim "screamed and cried" throughout the ordeal.
Homeland Security first found the video after launching an investigation dubbed "Operation Test Pilot," where agents infiltrated high-level child pornography rings and websites. They soon came across videos — including the graphic eight-minute one — forum posts, and messages on the dark web that been left by someone with the usernames "StrangeWood" and "HardWood."
Agents traced the username "StrangeWood" through messaging app Kik and then zeroed in on an IP address that belonged to Lockhart. They then obtained a federal search warrant for Lockhart’s home on 57th Street West in Bradenton and paid him a visit on October 5 this past month.
They discovered child pornography on his computer, including at least 10 images that depicted toddlers. His wife and children were home at the time of the raid and his wife instantly recognized her daughter in the video agents showed her, even though they had blurred the toddler's face. She also recognized her husband's hand, their couch, and her daughter's stuffed animal.
The daughter and the son, her twin, were placed into protective custody and Lockhart was arrested and indicted on federal possession of child pornography. The indictment goes into often gruesome detail about the repeated sexual abuse of the toddler as well as comments he had made where he detailed sexual experiences with a girl and a boy. He had also reportedly promised updates and asked for suggestions.
According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Lockhart is facing numerous charges at both the state and the federal levels. As of now, he's facing a charge of capital sexual battery at the state level, but the sheriff's office is said to be working alongside Homeland Security to investigate the 30-year-old further to determine what further charges will be filed at what level.
Lockhart is currently being held without bond in federal custody at the Pinellas County jail.