Man Used 4-Month-Old Baby Girl in Explicit Web Broadcast

A man was sentenced to 10 years and one month in federal prison for using an infant from his wife's home-based day care in a sexually explicit Internet broadcast, prosecutors said.

Donald Witt, 51, of Kettering, a Dayton suburb, also was sentenced Monday to 10 years' supervised release and ordered to register as a sexual offender.

In March 2004, Witt held the 4-month-old girl in front of his Web cam and removed her diaper, U.S. Attorney Gregory Lockhart said in a news release.

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Prosecutors said U.S. customs agents began investigating after interviewing a Texas man arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. The suspect told authorities about being in an online chat room in which he saw a child held by a man using what turned out to be Witt's screen name, "curiousdaytonman."

Witt was arrested at his home last May 4. He pleaded guilty July 6 to one count of transportation of materials involving the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Witt apologized to his family and to the parents of the girl during his sentencing Monday before U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice.

"I am so sorry for the pain and suffering I have caused in your lives," Witt said. "I know I destroyed a neighborhood. I took so much away from everything."

Authorities don't have any evidence that the other child in the day care at the time was victimized, said Laura Clemmens, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case.

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