A daycare worker has avoided going to prison after she filmed herself sitting on babies to send the videos to a fetishist in exchange for cash. Gemma McFee, 28, is said to have taken the clips to send to Royal Air Force serviceman Andrew Kerr in order to earn money for vacation. However, her lawyers managed to convince the court that she was “naive” and vulnerable, which allowed Kerr to take advantage of her.
- The babies were only 16 months old when McFee sat on them. According to the Daily Record, McFee sat on the bodies of two 16-month-old babies and the head of one of them until the infants were “extremely distressed, crying out and attempting to escape from underneath her.” She then sent seven different videos to Kerr, who recruited her via Facebook.
- Somehow, she managed to escape a jail sentence. Her attorneys claimed she was “exploited and manipulated” by Kerr, who pleaded guilty to possessing child abuse images. Instead of putting her behind bars, a judge sentenced her to 200 hours of community service and put her under a restriction of liberty order for eight months. In addition, Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown banned her from contact with children under 17 and she’ll have to be under social work supervision for three yeras as well.
- Apparently, jail wouldn’t help her. According to Martin-Brown, she believes McFee would do just as well outside of prison as she would in it. “Although you committed assaults against two very young children, it’s clear that you did not intend to harm or physically hurt the children. You exercised extremely poor judgement at a time when your mental health was frail and you were experiencing financial difficulties,” she told McFee during sentencing. “You were manipulated and exploited by a male who took advantage of your vulnerable state. I think that your relative youth may provide an explanation for your naivety in response to the suggestion posed by the male [Kerr]. It is accepted there was no actual danger to the lives of the two children. Had the assaults continued then their lives would have been in danger, but they did not. No medical treatment was required and you eventually came to your senses and refused the increasingly more dangerous suggestions [made by Kerr].” McFee is said to have expressed “considerable remorse” for her actions.
- McFee is a mother of two herself. The fact that she could do something like this to children, especially knowing she has kids of her own, is especially sickening. She at least had the dignity to plead guilty to her 2018 offenses in October 2019, but she really should be spending time in prison.