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Saskatoon mother goes to jail for filming sexual assault on 4-year-old daughter

Saskatoon mother goes to jail for filming sexual assault on 4-year-old daughter
Saskatoon mother goes to jail for filming sexual assault on 4-year-old daughter

WARNING: This story contains disturbing details.

A Saskatoon mother who filmed her sexual abuse of her 4-year-old daughter is going to jail.

Judge Natasha Crooks sentenced the woman, whose name cannot be released because it could reveal the identity of the victim, to a net sentence of eight years and four months on Friday.

“The court noted that there is no greater position of trust and authority than that of a mother over her child,” prosecutor Lana Morelli said outside King’s Bench court.

“In this case, the child was four years old and her entire existence and world revolved around her mother,” she said.

“That’s how I experienced the judge’s decision, that there is no greater betrayal than between a mother and a child.”

The woman pleaded guilty to bestiality and was subsequently convicted at trial of sexual harassment of a person under 16, making and distributing child pornography, arranging to commit a sexual offence against a child and two breaches of a release order.

The convictions relate to assaults that took place between 2019 and 2021.

The investigation began after police were contacted in early 2021 with a report that a child was being sexually abused and that photos of her were being shared on a social media platform.

Judge Crooks noted in her ruling that the woman continually deflected blame for her actions.

“She appears to justify her actions by saying she chatted with men online about her children in a sexual manner, to please them so they wouldn’t go looking for other children,” Crooks said.

“She stated the same thing about her involvement in bestiality: she didn’t want to do it, but believed she did it so these individuals wouldn’t abuse children.”

According to Morelli, the court saw through the evasions.

“Her personality is quite manipulative and the court saw through those lies. The court saw through the explanation and saw the truth,” she said.

Crooks had accepted the prosecution’s offer of an 11-year sentence, but Morelli said that sentence was reduced.

“The court will have to judge whether it is a crushing sentence or not. 11.5 years would be appropriate, but in this situation it would be crushing,” Morelli said.

For anyone who has been sexually abused, support is available through crisis lines and local support services via the Ending Violence Association of Canada DatabaseIf you are in immediate danger or are afraid for your safety or that of others around you, call 112.