James Napier, 40, from Cincinnati, deserves much tougher sentence than he received Tuesday, and the court agrees.
"The United States is unsure whether any sentence would be 'just punishment' under the circumstances," a court memo said.
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What did Napier do that was so bad? While romantically involved with a woman, he took it upon himself to use her 11-month-old niece for “his own sexual gratification” after being tasked to babysit. If raping the infant wasn’t enough, following this Napier repeatedly molested a 9-year-old girl and forced her to give him oral sex.
In addition to being in possession of 1,300 images of child pornography and more than 550 videos of it, he also documented his own crimes for distribution. And he didn’t feel bad about it. According to court documents, "he sat still, emotionless. He did not appear ashamed. He did not appear concerned. He appeared anything but remorseful."
On Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott sentenced Napier to 240 years in prison plus court supervision for life. He was convicted “on nine counts of production of child pornography, one each of transportation, distribution and receipt of child pornography."
But due to a new ruling from the Supreme Court, Dlott didn’t have to stop there. Napier was also ordered to pay $95,009 in restitution to each victim. The Supreme Court ruled in April that a victim of child pornography may seek limited retribution from any person caught in possession of or downloading the image. This means that in addition to his own victims, any person featured in his depraved collection of child pornography may also seek him out to pay restitution.
Napier had an infamous record already. He was previously convicted no less than 19 times of offenses such as drug abuse, soliciting prostitution and having weapons on him while on probation.
“The initial investigation of Napier identified him as an active and enthusiastic participant in a community of morally depraved individuals who trade child sex abuse images and videos to satisfy their sexual desires,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy Muncy told the court, according to an FBI press release. “One of his victims, due to her age, may never know the abuse she suffered. The other will never forget.”