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Mother jailed over 'sickening' plot to let paedophile rape daughter, seven

A woman who took part in a "sickening" plot to let a paedophile rape her seven-year-old daughter has been jailed for nine years.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, planned a sex attack on the girl with Stuart Bailey in a series of "depraved" text messages, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

She also sent the 54-year-old, who she had met on the dating website Plenty Of Fish, a naked picture of the youngster and bought sleeping pills to drug her.

The court heard that the pair exchanged dozens of messages and that Bailey was "prolific" in contacting women on Plenty Of Fish.

The judge, Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees QC, said a "pattern emerged" whereby Bailey quickly turned to talking about "perverted and unlawful" sexual activity.

"The discussion, unless cut short by the women, would then escalate to you encouraging them to (engage in) sexual activity with children," she said.

Officers began investigating in June last year after the mother's then partner found, "to his disgust", the messages and she was arrested.

The investigation led to Bailey, who, it was discovered, was having similar discussions with other women.

Judge Rees said of the pair: "You met once face to face for sex. During that encounter you, Bailey, saw a photograph of (the woman's daughter)."

The mother later posed her daughter naked in the bath, exposing her genitals, to take pictures to send to Bailey.

Another image showed the girl in school uniform with her underwear exposed, the court heard.

Judge Rees added that the pair claimed they never had any intent to carry out the content of their "depraved discussions of a perverted sexual nature".

The mother, who was described as "vulnerable and gullible" by Judge Rees, asked Bailey at one point what she would get out of the plan to rape her daughter and Bailey responded by mentioning sums of £200 to £300.

The pair planned to rape the girl during the Whitsun school holiday and talked about drugging her.

Judge Rees said that despite speaking to her GP, who advised against giving a child melatonin, the mother bought some online and tried it out on her.

Lucy Crowther, for Bailey, said her client was "totally ashamed of his behaviour and his actions, which he acknowledges will affect his grown-up children and his partner, who is currently standing by him".

Alex Greenwood, defending the mother, said social services had identified her as a person at risk of being manipulated by men prior to the offences and that was what had happened.

He added that she had been "bullied, cajoled and blackmailed" by Bailey.

Bailey, who was jailed for a total of 13 years, and the woman were found guilty of conspiracy to rape a girl aged under 13 after a trial in December.

Bailey, of Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, South Wales, was also convicted of encouraging the distribution of indecent photographs of a child and encouraging the sexual assault of a child by another woman.

At an earlier hearing, the woman admitted distributing five indecent images of a child and Bailey admitted possessing those images.

Both defendants were made the subject of sexual harm prevention orders and given one year of additional licence to serve.

Senior Crown prosecutor Gemma Vincent said: " This case demonstrated a gross breach of trust on behalf of a parent.

"Fortunately, the matter came to the attention of the police before the sickening acts described in the texts could be carried out."

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