A Mackay mother aged in her 30s sent sexually explicit photos and videos of her daughter, when she was aged 10 and 11, to a man online over a period stretching nearly two years.
A Mackay mother aged in her 30s sent sexually explicit photos and videos of her daughter, when she was aged 10 and 11, to a man online over a period stretching nearly two years. Thinkstock

Mum sent man sexual videos, photos of daughter

A MACKAY mother who sent a Facebook friend "disturbing and vile" videos and photos of her own daughter in pornographic poses for nearly two years has walked from court a free woman.

The woman has low cognitive function and a learning disability, but told lawyers she knew her actions were wrong.

But the woman still lied and told her daughter that she would be killed if the girl - aged 10 and 11 at the time - did not comply with her demands.

From July, 2015 toMarch, 2017 the Mackay woman provided a man she met online with sexual imagery of her daughter and herself, including of the two masturbating.

Other videos and photographs sent by the mother included the young girl displaying her private parts, dancing naked, bathing and showering.

In some of the material sent the girl's face had been visible.

Eventually, officers from Western Australia Police and Queensland Police smashed the twisted scheme wide open.

GPS data allowed investigators to narrow down the locations Facebook messages and texts had originated from and the woman and a Western Australia man were arrested.

Exploitation material was found on the mother's phone.

The Daily Mercury is unable to identify the woman aged in her 30s to protect the identity of her daughter - who got the blame from her mother after her arrest.

The Mackay woman, who had the daughter and a son taken from her care, faced the District Court in Mackay on Friday, April 27.

She pleaded guilty to eleven counts of making child exploitation material, four counts of distribution, one count of possession, and one count of possessing tainted property (a mobile phone).

The woman showed little visible emotion as a row of supporters watched.

Crown prosecutor Andrew Walklate detailed the crimes and said there was talk of the woman selling her children for sex.

One text message from the man states, "I'll pay you $200 for you to have sex with your daughter and son, okay babe".

Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan described the woman as a "reclusive" individual who "has no friends", living with a controlling husband.

The woman was shown by psychological reports to be easily manipulated and desperate for friendship, which led her to extremes to maintain a relationship with the man online.

Ms Hartigan also spoke of the woman's "dysfunctional" understanding of sexual relationships and lack of understanding about her actions.

The woman's behaviour was "disgusting and vile", said Judge Brad Farr, but he added the woman was unlikely to reoffend and seemed remorseful.

Judge Farr sentenced the woman to a three year overarching jail term, with immediate parole considering almost seven months served before sentence. The woman was also placed on probation for two years and must attend sex offender rehabilitation sessions.

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