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Teacher aide faces trial over porn

A TEACHER’S aide who allegedly showed a 12-year-old female student a pornographic film on her mobile phone will face trial.

The Bundaberg woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday on a charge of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

It is alleged that on July 16, 2008, the woman, who worked at a Bundaberg primary school, showed the then 12-year-old student a film of a woman and man having sex on a mobile phone.

The message was then sent to the student’s mother.

Investigating officer Detective Senior Constable Robert Darney obtained a Blue Card from the woman, which allows her to work with children .

THE court was told that when the 12-year-old came home from school, she asked her mother if she had seen the text message.

The girl’s mother, who took the stand during the committal hearing, said her daughter told her that a friend sent the message from a phone borrowed from an aunty.

“(My daughter said) the girls had gone through the phone and found it and sent it to me,” she said.

A few months later, the court was told, the woman showed a friend the message and her daughter said it was actually sent from the teacher aide’s telephone.

Lawyer Thomas Bray cross-examined the mother, asking her why it took her so long to go to police with what he described as a “graphic” pornographic film.

“You didn’t think even a person her age sending her that clip wasn’t something you should talk to her about?” he asked.

The mother replied she did not talk to the girl further about the film until she found out three months later it was the teacher aide who had shown it to her.

Photographs of the mobile telephone with the message on it, witness statements and copies of police interviews with the defendant and witnesses were tendered by police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts committed the woman to trial in Bundaberg District Court. The woman did not enter a plea.



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