An Iowa monster has been sentenced to 120 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl from her infancy to the age of six, at times livestreaming himself raping her on social media.
Steven Douglas Crook Jr. of Bloomfield, 29, was handed the maximum sentence for his crimes on Monday.
He was arrested in February 2018 after he was reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to the Ottumwa Courier.
The ruthless pedophile took photos and videos and sometimes livestreamed the egregious abuse on the social media app Live.me and encouraged his followers to watch the abuse, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbau.
He told authorities he estimated the rape happened 'less than 100 times,' according to police records.
The child was rescued by law enforcement in March 2018 from Crook's home when she was six.
Investigators found a slash of electronic devices containing videos of the abuse in the monster's possession. One folder on a storage card was labeled 'child porn and baby rape', as per the Des Moines Register.
U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose sentenced Crook, condemning his crimes as 'horrific' and his actions as 'insidious and manipulative'.
She said that he controlled the victim and hid his crimes for years.
She said the sentence was just as Crook is 'so very dangerous' to children.
'Any time a child is abused in Iowa, if we have photographs or videos of the abuse, the defendant can be prosecuted in federal court, and face decades, if not life, behind bars,' Attorney Krickbaum.
'Steven Crook will spend the rest of his life in federal prison, where he belongs. We want to make sure that other defendants like him, who are a threat to our children, face the stiffest penalties federal law allows,' he added.
The child rapist's live-in girlfriend Kendra Hoover, of Bloomfield, was arrested and in January 2019 was charged with 14 felony counts including seven counts of Neglect of a Dependent Person and seven counts of Child Endangerment in this case.
Cops said she saw the videos of Crook abusing the child and continued to leave the child alone with him.
Her court date has been set for September 18.