Mother was 'groomed' by predator

A WOMAN who claimed she was groomed by a sexual predator to commit sex acts in front of her children has walked free, after pleading guilty to 19 sexual offences.

Under the “rule” of a middle-aged man, the 23-year-old Bundaberg woman committed sexual acts in front of her three-year-old daughter and three teenagers under their care, Bundaberg District Court was told.

The woman pleaded guilty to 19 counts of indecent dealing with a minor between June and September, 2007.

Her partner has also been charged with similar offences.

Judge Anthony Rafter said the woman committed the offences under “unusual” circumstances.

“(The male offender) was a sexual predator, he was the prime mover in these offences,” Judge Rafter said.

A psychiatric report tendered to the court said the woman started a relationship with the man when she was in her early teens and he was in his 40s.

The couple had their first child when she was 16-years-old, the court heard.

The report also stated that the woman had “lost count” of the amount of times the man raped her.

The man, who is currently in custody, had threatened to kill the woman if she told police about the offences, Judge Rafter said.

The judge said that the offences would normally require a custodial sentence.

But he said the lady would benefit from a period under the supervision of probation and parole officers.

For nine of the charges, which dealt with the woman committing indecent acts in front of her daughter, Judge Rafter sentenced her to three years' probation.

For the remaining charges, which related to indecent acts in front of two 13-year-old girls and a 16-year-old girl, she was sentenced to a two-year jail term, suspended for three years.



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