A mother is facing child endangerment charges after allegedly forcing her own daughter to strip and pose nude on Skype.
Ann Lussier, 41, from Attleboro, Massachusetts is accused of making her child strip in the hopes of winning a $20,000 mother-daughter bikini photo shoot.
According to authorities Lussier first made the girl her pose in her underwear before telling her to completely disrobe while a man who claimed to be a Florida-based photographer watched via Skype.
“The parent had to show the man what both she and the victim looked like with no clothes on, reportedly so he could see the shape of their bodies,” court documents stated.
Lussier later told her twin sister about the Skype encounter, but only to complain to her how ‘uncooperative’ her daughter had been. According to court documents, the aunt could hear her niece crying in the background, and subsequently called the cops.
After a month-long investigation, both Lussier and the man at the other end of the camera, Joshua Dunfee of Oxford Junction, Iowa. were arrested on Thursday.
Lussier was let out on bail on condition she stay away from her children. She told her local newspaper, The Sun-Chronicle, that she’s the “victim” in this story.
Her lawyer, Ernest Solomon said: “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. This whole event has been devastating for my client and her family.”
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is currently also investigating the case.