Aberdeen mum shared images with paedophiles – in return for phone top-ups
Pauline Judge, 33, posed as teenage girls on the internet to talk to sex offenders in America.
She sent them dozens of vile pictures of children she found online if they topped up the credit on her mobile phone.
Police recovered 416 illegal images and six videos on computer equipment seized during a raid of her Aberdeen home.
Most of the children were engaged in erotic posing and but others were shown having sex with each other and adults.
The youngsters were aged between six months and 15 years old.
The mum admitted two child pornography charges when she appeared in court earlier this year and the case was adjourned for background reports.
She was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Defence lawyer Tony Burgess told the court that his client had suffered a traumatic childhood and suffered depression.
He said: “A catalyst to her depression that turned to desperation and loneliness was the death of her father when she was 13 years of age herself.”
The court previously heard that police received intelligence last year of a UK-based internet user chatting to someone in the US about indecent images of children online.
Judge previously pled guilty to a charge of taking, permitting or making indecent photographs of children between January 10, 2012 and June 27 last year.
She admitted a further charge of distributing or showing images between September 20, 2012 and June 27 last year.
Sheriff William Summers told the court that there was a victim for every image of child pornography.
But he said he was satisfied that there was an alternative sentence available other than custody.
He ordered Judge, whose address was given in court as 202 Oldcroft Place, Aberdeen, to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and placed her on a three year supervision order.
The Aberdeen mum will was also put on the sex offender’s register for three years.