Carer caught with snake, dog and horse porn at work spared jail

Mulberry Lodge Day and Care Centre in Barkingside. Pic: Google Streetview

Mulberry Lodge Day and Care Centre in Barkingside. Pic: Google Streetview - Credit: Archant

A carer who used WhatsApp to share extreme films of a woman having sex with a snake, a horse and a dog wept as she was spared jail today (Monday).

Tracey Haigan, 52, kept a collection of nine extreme pornographic movies on her mobile phone while working at the Mulberry Lodge Day and Care Centre in Mulberry Way, Barkingside.

She was arrested in June 2013 after a colleague spotted her and two other carers watching a porn clip on a phone in the staff kitchen of the centre.

Haigan appeared “intrigued and shocked” by the clip, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

A search of her two phones revealed nine bestial films had been sent to Hagen via WhatsApp messenger, which she forwarded on to her friends.


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The clips included women having intercourse with a snake, a dog, a horse and a man while a baby was strapped to her back.

Haigan, of Mansell Street, Aldgate, told police in interview: “It didn’t occur to me to report the images, I had no idea it was illegal, I sent the images on.”

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James Benson, prosecuting, said Haigan “had little experience of technology” and had only recently got WhatsApp.

Mr Benson said it was not clear who the material was from, but it was clear it had been watched and disseminated.

Haigan, who has no previous convictions, admitted one count of possession of extreme pornographic moving images.

The prosecution dropped a charge of showing an indecent image of a child relating to the movie involving a baby, and a further charge of possession of extreme pornographic still images.

Handing Haigan a three-month sentence – suspended for 18 months – Judge Patricia Lees expressed her disgust at the material.

She said it would have been “immediately apparent that they contained extreme pornographic material”.

Haigan – who has since lost her job at the home – was also ordered to undertake 100 hours in unpaid work and pay £300 in costs.

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