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Babysitter showed porn to children as young as four
A north-east babysitter has been placed on the sex offender’s register after showing pornography to children as young as four.
Kirsty Sutherland also used controversial website Omegle to make a sexually explicit video call with an unknown male while in the presence of two other children she was supposed to be looking after.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told Sutherland, 20, went into the bathroom before returning and telling the youngsters she had urinated for the man and exposed her breasts.
Fiscal depute Andrew McMann said Sutherland had been working as a trainee nursery practitioner at the time of the offences but also babysat for families in the Stonehaven area.
On an occasion between March and April last year, Sutherland was babysitting an 11-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy at an address in the town.
While looking after them, Sutherland showed the pair how to vape before things turned sexual.
Mr McMann told the court: “The accused produced her mobile and asked both children if they used Omegle.
“They replied they had been on it to talk with friends.
“The accused began to communicate with a male, went to the bathroom and returned and showed both children her mobile phone.
“The children observed a male on a video call who had his penis exposed masturbating.”
Sutherland also told the children that she had urinated in front of the man in the video and shown him her breasts.
After Sutherland left, the girl did not initially tell her mother about what happened as she was worried because she had been vaping.
However, her mother later found a TikTok video on her phone of her vaping.
Both children were spoken to and the Omegle video came to light – at which point police were contacted.
Omegle, which has seen its popularity skyrocket since the beginning of the pandemic, was recently the subject of a BBC investigation which found some children exposing themselves on the site.
On a separate occasion in April last year, Sutherland was babysitting two boys aged four and seven in Stonehaven while their parents were out for the evening.
The following day, the four-year-old was being assisted by his mum to use the toilet when he made a comment along the lines of: “Do you know some people suck a willy?”
Asked where he got that information from, the four-year-old said “Kirsty’s phone”, adding that it was “a secret”.
The older brother was then asked if he had seen anything on the babysitter’s phone and confirmed he saw “a girl and a man’s willy”.
The children both said Sutherland had asked them to keep it a secret.
One of the children said the video showed a female “licking the man’s willy”, adding: “Girls do it because boys really like it.”
The people in the video were adults and were naked.
The boys’ parents reported the matter to the police.
Sutherland, previously of MacDonald Road in Stonehaven but now of Rose Bank Road, Childwall, Liverpool, pled guilty to four charges.
She admitted intentionally causing the four-year-old and seven-year-old to look at a sexual image.
She also pled guilty to directing sexual verbal communications and showing a live sexual video to the 11-year-old and 12-year-old for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification or of humiliating, distressing or alarming them.
The charges originally included an allegation that Sutherland had encouraged the older children to have sexual intercourse with each other, but that was deleted from the charge before the plea was tendered.
Pleas of not guilty were also accepted to charges that Sutherland had exposed her breasts and urinated in front of the older children.
Defence agent John McLeod said: “There’s a bit of a history here.
“Discussions were ongoing for a while but, frankly, this was always going to be a plea of some kind.”
The solicitor asked for sentence to be deferred for background reports.
Sheriff Lesley Johnston ordered a social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment and deferred sentence until next month.
In the meantime she made Sutherland subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act.