SELECTED CASE LAW
In 2017 ABQB 357 Ms. E pleaded guilty to the making, possessing, and distributing child pornography and the sexual exploitation of her 17-year-old daughter, Ms. M. The offences only stopped when Ms. M moved out and disclosed the abuse to other family members.
Ms. E, under the guise of sexual education, committed several sexual offences against her daughter, including soliciting her daughter to masturbate so she could watch, sexually touching her daughter, having the daughter sexually touch her, grooming her daughter to be in subordinate/dominant sexual relationships with men, touching her daughter on camera for men watching, practicing bondage on her daughter for men watching, and sending sexually explicit photos of her and comments about her to men. She made her daughter listen repeatedly to a hypnosis audiotape entitled “Be Obedient”, had her call a man involved in these sexual offences “daddy”, and told her she needed to find a “master”.
Ms. E was a school bus driver with no previous record. She was sexually abused as a child.
As the mother and immediate caregiver of the complainant, the court found she was in a position of authority during the abuse.