US Attorney Vanessa Waldref said in a statement Wednesday, after the sentence was handed down, that the facts of the case show some of the worst sexual abuse of a child that can be imagined.
“Today’s sentence is important, but it’s also important to remember that Flores’ sentence will probably be much shorter than the effects it will have on the child for the rest of his or her life,” Waldref said. “The sentence can’t make the child innocent again, but our community is safer and stronger because of it.”
According to the original criminal charge, the abuse took place between February 2 and July 26 of last year.
Prosecutors say Harder set up a camera on a cat tree in his Cheney, Washington, apartment to record the sick attack on the girl while she was sitting on his couch. The girl was able to describe what Harder did to her. Prosecutors say that the disgusting video shot last July was later taken away by the police.
Officials say that because Harder pleaded guilty, he is still waiting for his sentence.
Prosecutors didn’t say how the little girl was related to Flores, but the (Spokane) Spokesman-Review said she was Flores’ daughter.
“Thanks to an effective and cooperative investigation, she is neither missing nor dead today, but she is not the only child in danger,” Waldref said. “Those who want to sexually abuse children will get a clear message from today’s sentence: Justice is coming.”