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January 2015

Aberdeen woman who cried rape forced girl, 9, to pose naked online for men

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A woman has been sentenced to two years after forcing a child to stand naked in front of a webcam.

Shannon Main, 20, allowed two men to watch her over Skype. She also took images online for people to view.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard Main carried out the acts to fuel her emotional desire to please others.

Main, from Aberdeen, was sentenced on Monday and put on the sex offenders register for ten years.

Sheriff William Summers said he felt that a custodial sentence at a young offenders institute was the only appropriate way to deal with the case.

The sheriff said: “You pleaded guilty to a number of offences – some of these are quite appalling.

“You may have been manipulated by others in the commission of these offences. Having said all that you knew what you were doing was wrong and still you did it anyway.”

Main carried out the abuse on various occasions between January and November 4, 2013. She was only caught after the young girl told her family about what had happened to her.

Main admitted three charges, which involved taking indecent images of a child, having these images in her possession and distributing them over a ten-month period.

She also sexually abused the girl by inducing her to remove her clothing until she was completely naked. Main also touched her on the upper part of her body over her clothes, the court heard.

Sentencing had been deferred until Monday for the preparation of a psychological report.

Defence agent Stuart Murray said the report found Main had not be sexually motivated to commit the depraved acts.

He said: “Her offending seems to be based on her desire to feel affection from third parties in her life.

“She was more scared that she was going to lose the affection of that person and that she was motivated in a desire not to lose that person.”

Main also admitted breaching the bail conditions placed on her when she first appeared in court in private. She had been banned from accessing the internet.

In October last year, Main was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service after she admitted lying about being raped.

December 2014

A woman who was spared jail for crying rape stripped off a young child before filming her and posting the images online.

Shannon Main took naked pictures of the nine-year-old and forced the child to stand naked in front of a webcam while two men watched on Skype.

The 20-year-old carried out the abuse on various occasions between January and November 4 last year, and was only caught after the little girl confided in her brother, who told her mum.

Main admitted a string of charges when she first appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last month.

Sentence was deferred until yesterday for background reports to be carried out into her character. However the case was further deferred when Sheriff William Summers heard the social workers felt she was at risk of offending again.

As a result he ordered a further psychiatric report to be carried out.

He told her solicitor, Stuart Murray, that the charges were “so serious” she was “staring into the abyss”.

Main admitted three charges, which involved taking indecent images of a child, having these images in her possession and distributing them over a 10 month period.

She also sexually abused the girl by inducing her to remove her clothing until she was completely naked and touching her on the upper part of her body over her clothes.

Main also admitted breaching the bail conditions placed on her when she first appeared in court in private on these charges.

At the time she was banned from accessing the internet.

However, she admitted going online between February 13 and February 26.

In October, Main was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service after she admitted sparking a police investigation when she lied about being raped.

Main, of St Fitticks House, Crombie Road, Aberdeen, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

November 2014

Woman who cried rape admits sexually abusing young girl

A woman who was spared a period in detention for crying rape has now admitted making, possessing and distributing indecent images of a nine-year-old girl.

Shannon Main also pled guilty to sexually assaulting the same youngster when she appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.

The offences were all carried out over a period of 10 months at an address in the city 

Yesterday the court heard that the circumstances surrounding the offences were not what the court would “usually” hear.

As a result fiscal depute David Bernard asked for the case to be adjourned so that an agreed narrative could be put before the sheriff before the 20-year-old is sentenced.

Main admitted three charges which involved taking indecent images of a child, having these images in her possession and distributing them between January and November 4 last year.

She also sexually abused the same little girl at the address in the city by inducing her to remove her clothing until she was completely naked and touching her on the upper part of her body over her clothes.

Main also admitted breaching the bail conditions which were put upon her when she first appeared in court in private on these charges. At the time she was banned from accessing the internet, however admitted going online between February 13 and February 26 this year.

Main, of St Fitticks House, 36 Crombie Road, Aberdeen, was remanded in custody and will return to court in December to be sentenced for her latest string of offences.

Last month Main was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service after she admitted sparking a major police investigation when she lied about being raped.

The court heard that she had turned up at her partner’s work appearing to be upset.

When he asked her what was wrong she said she had just been raped.

At the time fiscal depute Felicity Merson said that her boyfriend then decided to call the police, and when officers arrived she continued the deception.

Main was taken to Woolmanhill Hospital to be medically examined and was questioned by police about her “ordeal”.

However, she was caught out after CID officers involved in the inquiry started to notice her story was not “adding up”.

And after checking her phone they found she had sent text messages to her family and friends at the time she claimed she was being raped.

In the messages she clearly stated she was safe and well.

Mrs Merson said that Main eventually admitted she had not been raped when police confronted her with the discrepancies, but she also claimed her boyfriend had misunderstood what she had been trying to tell him.