A grandmother let her 20-month-granddaughter be abused by her new boyfriend after he revealed he was sexually obsessed with little girls.
The 47-year-old Adelaide woman watched partner, Shane Alan Hartley, 35, sexually abuse the toddler.
The woman, who can not be named for legal reasons, was jailed for four years and four months today.
Judge Liesl Chapman described the crime as ‘unspeakable’ and ‘abhorrent’, Adelaide Now reported.
Hartley will spend at least ten years and two months in jail for the abuse of the child and distribution of child exploitation material sent to almost 100 paedophiles around the world.
‘Who could have thought a grandmother could let those things be done to her grandchildren?’ Judge Chapman asked.
‘Yours was the grossest abuse of trust that can be imagined.’
The pair met in 2017 and messaged on social media where Hartley told the older woman he was sexually interested in little girls.
He asked for sexually explicit photos of the woman’s grandchildren, aged 20 months and under 12 months, which she agreed to send.
The court heard the grandmother took the 20-month-year-old to Hartley’s house in the northern suburbs of Adelaide in August 2017.
The toddler was abused so badly that she ‘wakes screaming with night terrors, has a violent reaction to nappy changes (and) refuses to enter a room that males are in,’ Judge Chapman said.
The judge said it was premeditated as the grandmother willingly took the child to Hartley, knowing that she was going to be sexually abused.
Judge Chapman said the parents were not to blame as they were entitled to place their trust in the biological grandmother of the child.
Hartley was arrested on August 23, 2017, and police found hundreds of videos and pictures of child exploitation material.
They also found evidence he had been posing as a teenage boy in a bid to get naked photos from teenage girls.
He had been in communication with a mother from New South Wales who sent 120 pictures of her nine-year-old daughter over a two-month period.
Hartley, who was already on the sex offenders’ register, was declared a serious repeat offender.
He was originally sentenced to more than 13 years in jail but it was lowered by a year after he made a testimony against a paedophile from Canada.
The grandmother will eligible for parole in December 2021.