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Woman play-acted children in horrific porn images

Last updated 23:43 07/08/2008

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A Sydney woman was high on ice and in a "fantasy world" when she play-acted the roles of children depicted in horrific pornographic images, a judge has been told.

Suzanne McDonald gave evidence in the NSW District Court of how she played the role of the abused children while communicating with men on internet dating sites.

The Sydney travel agent told Judge Paul Conlon she had not given a thought at the time to the fact the images involved real children.

McDonald, 40, of Surry Hills, has pleaded guilty to possessing and disseminating child pornography, and two counts of supplying a prohibited drug.

McDonald, who has no criminal record, told the judge she began using online dating sites in 2006 after the break-up of a long-term relationship.

She said she had smoked the drug ice daily and became involved in "role playing" with the men she contacted on the websites.

Police located 143 movies and 2,169 images depicting child pornography on her home computer and on compact discs.

According to the statement of facts, police regarded much of the material to be of the "most horrific and worst kind".

Images included children involved in bestiality and torture, while a 17-minute film showed a distressed, struggling girl being sexually abused by a man.

McDonald was reported to police by a man who met her on a dating site.

In their online conversations, she had begun to focus on fantasies about children and animals, before saying "i have a few vid clips i know u would love" and that "some are loving - and some are closer to rape as well".

The man reported her after she forwarded him a series of child pornography images.

McDonald said the child pornography was sent to her and she "played" the role of the child depicted in the images.

She said she was not sexually gratified by the images themselves, but from the "sense of being able to fulfil the role I was playing, a sense of having done what was asked of me".

She admitted sending on some of the material.

McDonald has been in protective custody since her arrest last December and said she now realised the "devastating effects" caused by her use of child pornography.

She wiped away tears, saying she now lived "with girls who have been sexually abused when they were young".

McDonald said she now realised the availability of child pornography was a matter of supply and demand, and she had contributed to the devastating outcomes.

"It is a very hard lesson I have had to learn. I am glad I have learnt it," she said.

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Judge Conlon will sentence her on August 15.

 

 

- AAP

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