Newcastle courthouse. A HUNTER mother who filmed herself sexually assaulting her three young children and sent the videos to paedophiles in the hope it would please themand get one man, who she referred to as “Daddy”, to fall in love with her, has been jailed for a maximum of 25 years.
The woman, who cannot be named because it would identify her three children, appeared in Newcastle District Court on Friday for sentence after pleading guilty to seven counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10, which carries a maximum of life in jail, and one count of possession of child abuse material.
Judge Phillip Mahony took into account a number of other serious offences,including using a child under 14 to make child abuse material and disseminating child abuse material, when he jailed the woman for a maximum of 25 years, with a non-parole period of 17 years.
The woman, who once provided a character reference for fellow inmate and convicted serial killer Kathleen Folbigg,will be eligible for parole in March, 2033, while the total sentence doesn’t expire until 2041.
The court had heard thatpsychologists who assessed the woman had been left uncertain as to the real reasons why she had sexually assaulted her children and then uploaded the videos online.
Defence barrister Rebecca Suterssaid her client was motivated by a “desire to please” the men she was communicating with online. One of those men, referred to in text message exchanges as “Daddy”, described himself as a “pedo” (sic).
The woman had the idea that “that person would love her and want to be with her as a result of what she was sending him,” Ms Suters said.
The sexual assaults spanned more than two-and-a-half years, but the woman stoppeda few months before she was arrested in 2016.
It was around that time that an international hunt was being launched after US-based Interpol officers discovered the videos on a paeophile website. After identifying an accent and contacting the Australian Federal Police, the global search ended in the Hunter with the mother’s arrest.