Child views porn movie

A TEACHER'S aide who showed pornography to a 12-year-old student sat silently in the docks as details of the “gross” video were described to a court.

Nicole Michelle Sullivan, 24, of Bundaberg, pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg District Court yesterday to exposing a child to an indecent film, in a sitting where even the defence described his client's actions as “baffling”.

Crown Prosecutor Greg Cummings said that on July 16, 2008, Sullivan was employed as a work for the dole teacher's aide at a Bundaberg primary school when she showed a female student a video on her phone.

The video showed a man and woman having sex and liquid being squirted on to the lens of the camera.

The prosecutor said the girl stopped watching the clip and asked Sullivan to send it to her mother.

Defence Barrister Mark Johnson said all involved in the incident seemed to view it as a joke. “The girl seemed keen for it to be sent to her mother,” he said.

“It seems to me that it is a poor taste type of offence rather than sexual predation on the child.”

Mr Johnson said Sullivan, who wants to be a teacher, lost her job and Blue Card as a result of the offence.

“She was born and raised in Bundaberg ... and now has a seven-month-old son,” he said.

“She is remorseful for this out-of-character lapse of judgement.”

Mr Johnson requested a conviction not be recorded.

Judge Keith Dodds said he could not understand Sullivan's actions.

“It should have been apparent to you; to involve a child in this, I must say rather gross pornography, is extremely inappropriate,” he said.

“I don't know if you're particularly immature or what it is.”

The judge ordered Sullivan to complete 140 hours of community service and did not record a conviction.

“It was an extremely silly thing to do and you should have known better,” he said. “I hope you would be utterly appalled at the thought of someone doing this to your own little boy.”



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