Crime & Courts

Fairbanks couple who abused children while baby-sitting sentenced on child porn charges

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: February 3
  • Published February 3

A Fairbanks couple has been sentenced in federal court for producing and distributing child pornography. The couple would sexually abuse children and record the abuse while baby-sitting them, federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday.

Christopher Duane Davis, 32, was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison. Charity Noel Germain, 27, was sentenced in December to 22 years in prison. Both sentences will be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, the statement said.

Starting in June 2015, the two conspired to produce images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the statement, which cites court records.

"In furtherance of the conspiracy, Germain and Davis gained the trust of families with small children, whom they would then babysit," said the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska. "While babysitting for the children, Davis and Germain would sexually abuse the children and record the abuse. Davis would then share the images and videos with other pedophiles on the internet."

Davis pleaded guilty in November to production and distribution of child porn, and Germain pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to produce child porn, federal prosecutors said.

An undercover law enforcement agent working with the Australian government identified Davis' profile on a photo sharing site known to host child porn images, according to the statement.

"From Nov. 23 through Dec. 16, 2016, during email communications with the agent," the statement said, "Davis described having access to children through his girlfriend and to engaging in sexual acts or producing sexual explicit images of these children while his girlfriend was baby-sitting them."

Child porn images and videos the couple produced were found on Davis' computer, prosecutors said.

"While we are satisfied with this sentence for the horrific crimes committed by this defendant, we must remember the young victims who are often left with permanent psychological, physical and emotional scars," Brad Bench, a Homeland Security Investigations agent, said in the statement.