Grandmother 'abused five-month-old baby while boyfriend took pictures'
A woman sexually assaulted a five-month-old baby and allowed her boyfriend to take photographs on his mobile phone, a court heard today.
Tracy Dawber allegedly let convicted paedophile Colin Blanchard take the photos at her home in Southport, Merseyside, in August 2008 as she assaulted the baby on her sofa, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Dawber, 43, faces one count of sexually assaulting a child and five counts of permitting indecent photographs to be taken
The grandmother-of-two accepts she is in the photographs but denies all charges.
The jury was told that Blanchard, 39, had previously pleaded guilty to taking the photos.
David Morgan, prosecuting, told the jury that Dawber and Blanchard were in a relationship for about a year, ending in September 2008.
They had met either through social networking website Facebook or dating website Plenty of Fish, and then 'saw each other weekly'.
Mr Morgan said that, following a search of Blanchard's property in Rochdale in June 2009, a Hewlett Packard laptop computer was recovered. 'It revealed correspondence between Colin Blanchard and Tracy Dawber that related to a Facebook account. That same day, Blanchard was arrested at Manchester Airport.'
Another laptop was seized which revealed further Facebook correspondence between Blanchard and Dawber, Mr Morgan continued.
He told the jury that on June 11, 2009, a mobile phone was recovered from Blanchard's Volvo and indecent images of children were discovered. Ten were 'of interest' to the police. The first three showed Blanchard in his vehicle, the next five showed images of a young child, and the final two were of Dawber and Blanchard together.
Dawber was arrested on November 17, 2009, and denied ever touching a child, the jury heard.
Mr Morgan told the court that Dawber also owned a desktop computer, on which an expert found specific words relating to child abuse, including 'pre-teen' and 'Lolita', the jury heard. Mr Morgan said a file containing 40 to 50 stories about incest was also discovered.
The computer expert also found that an external hard-drive, named 'Colin', had been connected to Dawber's computer.
Mr Morgan said Dawber thought Blanchard was a 'sociable' person. He continued: 'She said she was disgusted when she heard on the news what he had been involved with.'
Mr Morgan said Dawber accepted she was the person with the child on her lap in the photographs.
He went on: 'Tracy Dawber and Colin Blanchard went much further than she is now prepared to accept.'
Mr Morgan said an expert determined that the photos must have been taken no more than 12in (30cm) away from the child and over a period of 64 seconds.