‘Paedo’ nanny ‘traded child abuse videos and told babysitter to molest kids’
A nanny encouraged another babysitter to abuse children and traded footage of kids being abused, police allege.
Stephanie Lak, 36, has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession and distribution despite – police say – admitting sending and receiving over 100 files linked to sexual abuse.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins’s office said in a statement that Lak also admitted to discussing child abuse with other social media users.
The defendant from Roxbury, Boston in Massachusetts, US, appeared in the Roxbury Division of Boston Municipal Court on Wednesday, according to Mass Live.
Lak was listed for business with online babysitter site Sittercity as recently as last month, The Boston Herald reports.
Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Nicole Poirier said on Wednesday: “It’s clear she has access to children. She has a long history of being a nanny … and she has a sexual interest in children.
“[Lak] is having these conversations with someone who is actively sexually abusing his children, and encouraging him to do that and suggesting ways that he should do that.”
The Boston Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit launched an investigation into the 36-year-old's online activity, following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on March 2, Knewz reports.
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The organisation found that Lak uploaded child porn to the messaging app KIK, leading to authorities seizing a laptop and three smartphones from her home on April 15.
Victims in content allegedly shared by Lak, have been identified as being as young as three years old and according to WCVB, court documents indicated she also discussed sexually abusing an infant in her online chats.
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As the charges were read out at court the nanny started shaking and broke down into tears, with her next court date on May 25.
Lak has been released on cash bail at $5,000 [£3,618] and orders to keep clear of from children, WBZ reported.
Sittercity told WBZ that Lak has been kicked from the platform, and four prior background checks had turned up no criminal history.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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