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June 7, 2013

Feds: Indiana mom let children be used for porn

SOUTH BEND — A Gary mother already facing federal charges that she took money from a man she met through a dating service so he could use her toddler in pornographic photos, some of which the woman was allegedly present for, is now accused of letting the man use another young daughter for the same purpose.

An indictment filed Wednesday in federal court in Hammond adds a second count of permitting of child by parent to participate in the production of child pornography against the 24-year-old mother. Two additional counts of production of child pornography were levied against Christopher Bour, 39, of Gary.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the mother to protect the girls’ identities.

Bour and the woman were initially charged in March and have pleaded not guilty. They are being held without bond until trial. Their attorneys didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday.

Bour wrote U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano last month to request a second bond hearing, saying he didn’t think the public defender he was assigned in March had his best interest at heart because he advised him to waive his right to a bond. Bour said he had never been in trouble with the law before and “had no idea what to do.”

Bour said he owns a business and people rely on him for work.

“This would be my first mistake in life and would like every opportunity to properly defend myself and get my house in order,” he wrote.

Lozano denied the request and told Bour in a court order that all motions and request should come through his attorney.

The new indictment accuses Bour of photographing the older girl in sexually explicit conduct while she was sometime between Nov. 1, 2011, and Feb. 14, 2013. It also accuses Bour of videotaping the younger girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2012.

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