Teen mother films herself performing sexual acts on infant daughter, sends videos to man in UK
The teenage mother, who faces charges including sexual penetration of a child, and producing and transmitting child pornography, was on Friday ordered to not go near the child
A teenage mother from Melbourne, Australia has been ordered to not go near her infant daughter after a court found that she filmed herself performing sexual acts on the child and sent the footage to a man in the United Kingdom. According to Daily Mail, the 18-year-old woman was being blackmailed into filming pornography by the man who threatened to send intimate photos of her to her family.
The teenager was released on bail on Friday after her hearing where explicit details regarding the allegations were read out by an Australian Federal Police agent in the presence of the girl’s emotional parents. The teenager is facing four charges – including sexual penetration of a child, and producing and transmitting child pornography.
According to the prosecutor, who says that there is a strong case against the teenager, the 17-year-old was communicating with a man in the UK via the messaging service WhatsApp. She was tracked down and arrested on Wednesday after an analysis of a WhatsApp profile linked to the UK man who was recently arrested by British authorities. "[She] sent pictures of herself to him," the agent said. "[He] became aware that [she] was the mother... Requests that she carry out sexual acts with the child."
The defence lawyer, who claimed that the woman has never been in trouble with the law before, added, "She is somewhat overwhelmed.”
She was released on bail on very strict conditions, including a ban on internet ban. "You can't go on Facebook. You can't go on Snapchat. You can't Google things," the magistrate said, while also making an intervention in order to keep the young woman away from her daughter, warning her of serious consequences if it was breached.
"It is a really serious order, and it must be taken seriously," the magistrate said. Prosecutors, who had opposed the bail, cited the risks of her potentially destroying evidence linked to her phone, which has not been forensically examined yet. The magistrate, however, believed that the risks were manageable and has asked the teenager to return to court on April 2.