The man convicted of six counts of sexual abuse/exploitation by a custodian will not have the chance to repeat his actions.
The offender, Michael Bull, was sentenced Monday to a maximum 120 years in jail.
Bull, 36, and his then-girlfriend, Michelle McAdams, 28, were charged with videotaping McAdams engaging in sexual acts with a 15-year-old boy between November 2008 and April 2009.
Bull was found guilty by a jury after a two-day trial in September. Prior to sentencing Monday, Bull's attorney Fredrick Gardner presented that there was insufficient evidence used in the trial to convict Bull, and the victims' testimony differed from the story they initially told investigators at Harmony House. He also requested a new trial for Bull, citing crack pipes he believed were taken from the home illegally, and further suggesting the video should not have been allowed during Bull's trial because he is not seen in the video. Marshall County Circuit Judge David Hummel denied the request, stating the trial was fair and all evidence was legal.
Hummel gave Bull the opportunity to speak before being sentenced, though both he and Gardner declined to do so. However, John Artimez Jr., Marshall County assistant prosecuting attorney, had plenty to say in requesting Bull receive the maximum sentence of 10-20 years per charge.
"These children must deal with the emotional and psychological scars for the rest of their lives," he said. "As a parent, your job is to protect your child with your very life. It is the ultimate act of cowardice to do this to people who won't be protected because it is your responsibility to protect them."
In handing down the sentence, Hummel advised the courtroom that decisions such as the one in question should not be made out of anger but rather out of fear.
"I'm afraid of Michael Bull," Hummel said. "I'm afraid that if he did this to his own children, what would he do to someone else's child?"
Bull was sentenced to 10-20 years on all six counts of sexual abuse/exploitation by a custodian. Those convictions will run consecutively, totaling 60-120 years. Additionally, he must register as a sexual predator for the rest of his life.
"You will never do this again," Hummel told Bull.
Gardner informed Hummel that Bull wished to appeal and would be submitting paperwork to do so within the next few weeks.
McAdams pleaded guilty last week to four counts of sexual abuse by a custodian and three counts of third-degree sexual assault. Her sentencing date has not yet been set.