A 41-year-old Massachusetts mother is facing child endangerment charges after she allegedly forced her daughter to pose nude in front of a web camera.
Ann Lussier, of Attleboro, says that a man impersonating a Florida photographer used the Internet phone application Skype to dupe her into thinking she had entered a mother-daughter bikini contest with a $20,000 grand prize, according to the Attleboro Sun Chronicle.
Sitting in front of their computer, Lussier allegedly demanded her 10-year-old daughter to strip down to her bra and underwear before insisting she completely disrobe. The man on the other side of the camera, who police identified as Joshua Dunfee, of Oxford Junction, Iowa., hid his identity by teling Lussier that his web cam had broken.
"There are sickos out there, and they let them go. But I get locked up. I'm a victim," Lussier told the local newspaper.
Authorities arrested Lussier and Dunfee following a month-long investigation which began when the mother told her twin sister about how "uncooperative" her daughter behaved throughout the incident. The sister contacted police after hearing the young girl crying during the phone call.
"The intention the twin sister had was to report that someone, this pervert, was taking advantage of someone vulnerable and their goal was to get him," Lussier's lawyer, Ernest Solomon, told ABC News.
Lussier is charged with "exhibiting a child in a state of nudity, indecent assault and battery on a person under 14, and reckless endangerment of a child," according to NBC affiliate KSEE-4.
Dunfee will be sent to Massachusetts to face child pornography charges.