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Aberdeen woman exchanged child pornography for mobile top-ups

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Image caption Pauline Judge was told there was an alternative to custody

A woman who shared child pornography in exchange for mobile phone top-ups has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Pauline Judge, 33, of Aberdeen, posed as teenage girls on the internet to talk to sex offenders in America.

She sent pictures she found online.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Judge admitted taking, permitting or making indecent photographs of children and distributing them. She was told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Alternative sentence

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.

Defence lawyer Tony Burgess told the court that his client had suffered a traumatic childhood and suffered depression.

"Miss Judge is standing before this court fully accepting of the wrong that she has done and awaiting her punishment," he added.

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