A court sentenced a Louisiana man to life in prison on Nov. 2 after he was found guilty of raping a 6-year-old girl.
Jack Conklin, 61, was charged and convicted of aggravated rape of a 6-year-old girl, sexual battery on someone under the age of 13 and production of pornography, WWL-TV reports.
He was sentenced after the jury found him guilty on Sept. 15.
Conklin, who was an associate of the 6-year-old girl’s father, sexually abused the child and took photographs from December 2012 to February 2013.
Authorities were notified after a friend of the victim’s family overheard the girl telling another child Conklin wanted to marry her and had “kissed her like a woman.”
But the child did not admit Conklin abused her to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at the time.
Police only learned about Conklin’s behavior after he was found with marijuana in his possession. Officers got a search warrant and found the child’s panties and video recordings of the sex acts.
Authorities also found a bag of human hair and Chuck E. Cheese trading cards with children’s faces on them, in addition to thousands of other pornographic images.
The girl finally admitted Conklin had acted inappropriately with her in later interviews, according to NOLA. The child, now 11, also testified during the trial.
After hearing the details, Judge August Hand called the crime “the worst case of this type he has seen in all of his years on the bench.”
Readers online were similarly revolted.
“I feel bad for the jurors because they have to be exposed to this sick garbage as well,” wrote one person in NOLA’s comments section. “I don’t think I could sit on a jury in a case like this. I think it would be traumatizing to have to see and hear about these horrors. Just terrible all around.”
Some thought Conklin should face a harsher punishment.
“It turns my stomach,” exclaimed another. “Please, execute this POS.”
“Save taxpayers dollars, just one bullet needed,” commented another. “Use the tax dollars instead to send a kid to college.”
Others thought differently.
“Cowards like this can’t handle prison,” wrote one person. “Probably a better thing to make him live his life in fear in prison for the rest of his days.”
“Why oh why are things like this left alive,” commented a second. “But then that prison sentence is going to be worse than death. I hear they don’t care much for child molesters.”
Sources: WWLTV, NOLA / Featured Image: Victor/Flickr / Embedded Images: Brendan C/Flickr, Klaus With K/Wikimedia Commons