He was known to the patients and staff of a Nashville children’s hospital as Spider-Man, washing the building’s windows while masquerading as a superhero.
Now, the 36-year-old will probably spend the rest of his life in prison for filming himself sexually abusing a toddler girl and infant boy, whom he babysat, on multiple occasions.
Jarratt A. Turner was sentenced Monday to 105 years in federal prison for multiple counts of producing and transporting child pornography. Turner, of Nashville, was charged in June 2015 and pleaded guilty to all counts in March 2017, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations officials who conducted the investigation.
Between October 2014 and May 2015, after he befriended two families and offered to babysit their young children, Turner took sexually explicit images and videos of the toddler on 10 occasions, and of the infant boy on six occasions. The images and videos were taken while Turner babysat the children in his basement apartment in Nashville, according to court documents.
The images and videos showed him sexually molesting the two children, who at the time were between 12 and 31 months old, according to court documents. Turner then posted the images to a photo-sharing website. His bio on the website read: “I loooooove little ones. I love my little ones the most and hope you love them too,” according to court documents.
In describing the photos, he wrote: “These are some pictures I took of my nephew. We have loads of fun when I get to hang out with him.” Another description read, “I love this little girl more than anything.”
To skirt detection, Turner distributed the images through the public WiFi network of a coffee shop in northeast Nashville. An employee told investigators that Turner would often come into the shop, order a coffee and two scoops of ice cream, and sit there for long periods of time, according to court documents. The manager of the shop helped investigators identify Turner, in part by providing them with a log of the store’s transactions, which officers compared to times at which WiFi was accessed.
“Children of this community are a little safer today with this sexual predator behind bars,” Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations operations in Tennessee, said in a news release. “The fact he would film, and then upload to the Internet, videos of himself molesting an infant and toddler, then take elaborate steps to conceal his activities, represents the extreme danger he posed to the community.”
Dan Cochran, a prosecutor for the Middle District of Tennessee, said in the news release that the court’s sentence should ensure “that this defendant will never have another opportunity to inflict his perverted sexual desires upon another innocent child.”