FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A Fairbanks couple has been sentenced to spend decades in prison for producing and distributing child pornography. According to court documents, the couple would babysit small children who they would then sexually abuse on camera.
Christopher Duane Davis, 32, was sentenced Friday to serve 35 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. His partner, 27-year-old Charity Noel Germain was sentenced Dec. 15, 2017 and will serve 22 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Davis pleaded guilty to production and distribution of child pornography and Germain pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography.
Chloe Martin, the spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska, writes that according to court documents, the couple "gained the trust of families with small children, whom they would then babysit. While babysitting for the children, Davis and Germain would sexually abuse the children and record the abuse." The images and videos would then be shared online.
Martin writes that the couple became the subject of a federal investigation "after an undercover law enforcement agent working with the Australian government identified Davis’s profile on a foreign-based photo-sharing site known to host images of child pornography."
A search warrant was issued and Martin describes that an investigation of Davis' email account found instances where he distributed images of child pornography to others. "Located on Davis’s computer were multiple child pornography images and videos, which Davis and Germain had produced. The images showed Germain was present with the victims during production, posing the child, and assisting Davis with the sexual exploitation of the child," wrote Martin.
U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder writes “The 35 year sentence issued today by Judge Beistline first and foremost will protect Alaskan children from this predator."
The prosecution is part of the Department of Justice's ongoing Project Safe Child (PSC) initiative that combines federal, state and local resources to fight child exploitation.