A child psychiatrist in North Carolina has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for using artificial intelligence (AI) to create child pornography.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina, he also secretly recorded his 15-year-old cousin as she showered.

From Fox News:

David Tatum, 41, created the AI images by modifying pictures of ex-girlfriends with sexually explicit images of minors which he had obtained online. Tatum digitally altered images from a school dance and a photo commemorating the first day of school to make them sexually explicit, prosecutors said.

Tatum viewed more than 1,000 files of child pornography titles, all of which contained the phrase, “PTHC,” which stands for “pre-teen hard core.”

He possessed the child pornography from 2016 through 2021, according to court documents viewed by Fox News Digital.

The pervert also secretly recorded his 15-year-old cousin as she got naked in a bathroom to shower at a family vacation home in Maine.

Tatum surreptitiously recorded other family members too, including more minors, getting naked and showering in the bathroom, according to the court documents.

According to trial evidence, Tatum made similar surreptitious recordings of others, including of his patient who had just turned 18 years old five days prior.

Tatum was convicted in May of one count of the production of child pornography, one count of the transportation of child pornography and one count of the possession of child pornography. His sentence will be followed by 30 years of supervised release for the sexual exploitation of a minor and using artificial intelligence (AI) to create child pornography images of minors.

Tatum was also ordered to pay a special assessment totaling $99 and a further $100 special assessment per count of conviction.

After he is released from prison, Tatum will be required to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board in any state or jurisdiction where he works or resides, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina said.

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