A former member of the Coast Guard was sentenced to 200 years in prison on 14 April after he was found guilty of raping an 18-month-old girl in a motel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In a brutal case of sexual assault, the accused tied the toddler to the motel bed and raped her, recording the whole ordeal.
Judge Mark Trusock referred to 29-year-old Eric Devin Masters as an "evil individual" as he handed down the sentence. "You are truly an evil individual and we need to make sure that you are never allowed in society," said Judge Trusock. "You took an 18-month-old little girl, an innocent little girl, to a motel with the specific intent, with a camera, with straps.
"You stripped this little girl down, you tied her arms and legs to the bedposts. You proceeded to rape this child... This incident is one of the most egregious things that I've ever had to deal with in dealing with criminal cases for 31 years." Masters carried out the sexual assault in 2012. He is further accused of urinating on the victim after the rape.
According to FBI, Masters traded the videotaped rape of the young victim to acquire more videos of child pornography, reported KTLA5 News. As the courtroom audience sat shocked hearing the facts of the case, Masters said he was "sorry" for doing "horrible things to others."
"With God's help we can both be healed ... God is my refuge and salvation and through Him I can be redeemed from these tragedies," Masters said. The victim's mother, however, was relentless in her cries for justice. "This man has given my daughter a life sentence that she will never forget ... I beg you, your Honor, don't let him get out. He doesn't deserve to be in the outside world," said the victim's mother.
"I want to send a clear message to the Parole Board that when you are first considered for parole, and that won't be until you're 79 years old, that I don't want you out," said Judge Trusock. "We're done. Take him to prison."