A woman faces three years and three months in jail for abusing her son and broadcasting it via webcam to her partner. According to the article, the abuse came to light when the woman admitted the abuse to a domestic violence charity:
It came to light when his mother made a complaint at Next Link Domestic Abuse Services in Bristol.
Her disturbing confession was passed on to Avon and Somerset police and she was taken in for questioning. Her son was also interviewed.
Prosecuting, Mark Hollier said: “In a very ordinary voice, he described an incident to the police officers about how his mother had given him a sex lesson in the main bedroom of the family home and this was observed by [the partner] via a webcam and computer link.”
The mum – who wept through much of the hearing – denied “volunteering” to have sex with her son.
She was charged with engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 13 which she admitted.
Of course, the claim is that the man is ultimately responsible for the woman’s behavior. As the judge put it:
Judge Michael Longman told her: “Your behaviour towards your son was contrary to human instincts and basic decency.
“It occurred after you met a man who clearly was controlling and over-bearing; a man who, it is also clear, should be prosecuted himself but is outside the jurisdiction and beyond the reach of this investigation.
“Even though he was at a distance from you, he continued to exert that influence, but you continued to behave towards your son in a way which, despite that pressure, your own instincts should have prevented.”
This is not to say that it is impossible for the man to have had such control over the woman. It is only to say that when women abuse, it is common to find the nearest male–even if it be the victim–and blame him rather than hold the woman wholly responsible for her actions. So it comes as no surprise that “a psychiatric report found the woman had a personality disorder which made her susceptible to being in abusive relationships and would become dependent on abusive partners.”
For some unknown legal reason, neither the man or the country is apparently is in can be named. The article states that the authorities are attempting to extradite him back to Bristol so he can be charged.
It will be interesting to see what charges the authorities level against the man. He committed no direct act of sexual violence against the boy, so all that would be left would be coercion and pornography charges. It is worth noting that the woman did not face the latter charges despite creating and distributing child porn.