"He was watching the children in his home at 1975 Longmeadow Road when these events occurred," Assistant Prosecutor Erica Lord told Bailey in March. "And he videotaped these three children performing oral sex on him, with each other and him on them."
At first, Counts denied that he was aware the video system was in use.
"Did you know these acts were being filmed?" the judge then asked him.
"I knew after the fact, yes," he said. "That the security system kicked on. And when I saw the tape."
Lord told the court that Counts was aware of the camera.
"The camera was activated by a light switch," Lord said. "He knew they were being taped. One of the boys in one video turned off the lights and he told him, 'Don't turn off the lights!' "
Counts told the judge the children were playing truth or dare.
"They asked me to engage in a game with them and regrettably I did," Counts said in March. "I did engage in an act of sexual intercourse."
Plants said Wednesday that the sentence handed down was one of the lengthiest he had heard in his time as prosecutor.
"Defendants like him are the reason prisons are built and electric chairs are used," Plants said.
Writer Cheryl Caswell contributed to this report.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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