Kanawha Circuit Judge sentenced a West Virginia man on Wednesday, March 4, to serve between 205 and 775 years behind bars for filming an infant being sexually abused, according to FOX 11.
Forty-one-year-old Richard Smith II and his ex-girlfriend, Roseanna Thompson were arrested in May 2018 after troopers were tipped off that Smith had child pornography at his home. State police said at the time that Smith and Thompson were accused of recording Thompson’s granddaughter being abused three years prior.
Smith was convicted last month of 11 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of sexual assault, and five counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian, or person in position of trust.
According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Judge Tera Salango, after handing down the sentence, told Smith the videos he made that jurors had to watch “brought grown men to tears.”
“I think that you are one of the most evil persons who I’ve ever encountered,” Salango said.
Smith declined to speak before being sentenced. Thompson is charged with the same 20 counts as Smith and is scheduled to stand trial in April.