AN ARMIDALE woman won't go back to prison after she was sentenced for producing child abuse material after she was exposed by a public tip-off
The 35-year-old cannot be identified by a court order to protect the identity of the young child allegedly involved.
She was sentenced in Armidale District Court on Thursday afternoon, almost a month after pleading guilty to producing child material for use through a carriage service.
Judge Warwick Hunt handed her a three-month suspended jail term.
The jail term has been suspended with the woman released on an 18-month good behaviour bond with several conditions.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) were tipped off about the woman's alleged activities after allegations she was using an international encrypted messaging service to share child abuse material of a child known to her.
Investigations by the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) homed in on the 35-year-old Armidale woman as the alleged user of the encrypted messaging service.
She was arrested and charged by the AFP on March 26, after they went knocking in Armidale.
Police then raided the home, and during the search warrant, officers seized several items including an electronic device.
As a result of the investigation, one child was identified and removed from harm, the AFP confirmed in a statement on Friday.
Earlier this year, the Leader revealed the accused had been granted bail with a long list of conditions including that she was banned from accessing the internet; had to stay away from children; and had to live more than 11 hours away from Armidale.