Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mother admits using daughter for sexual exploitation

A mother has admitted using her young daughter for sexual exploitation.

The 47-year-old woman appeared in court earlier today where she pleaded guilty to a string of charges involving the abuse of her child.

In all, she admitted 12 charges, including sexual assault, wilful neglect or ill treatment, as well as using her daughter for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Judge Tony Hunt imposed reporting restrictions to ensure that neither the accused woman nor her child could be identified in media reports.

Wearing a red fleece and blue jeans and carrying a shoulder bag, the woman stood before Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court as the charges were read out to her.

She pleaded guilty to five charges of sexually assaulting her daughter — a child in law — on various dates from 2004 to 2008. She also admitted two charges of using her child for sexual exploitation in 2007 and 2008.

In addition, she pleaded guilty to five counts of wilfully assaulting, ill-treating, neglecting or abandoning her daughter in a manner likely to cause or expose her to unnecessary suffering on dates between 2004 and 2008.

These charges were brought under Section 3 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.

All of the offences took place in the west of Ireland.

Prosecuting barrister, Phillip Rahn asked Judge Hunt to request a victim impact statement and that the necessary notification would be made under the Sexual Offenders’ Act.

The accused woman’s legal team also sought a psychiatric assessment report and asked the judge to direct the preparation of a Probation and Welfare Service report.

Acceding to the applications, Judge Hunt remanded the mother on continuing bail until her sentencing hearing in the new year.

Brian McDonald

Irish Independent

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