Dad wants kids kept from dominatrix mom
A Halifax man fears a judge will send his three teenage children back to live with their mother, a dominatrix who admits to dressing her teenage daughter in bondage gear and posing for photos with her in a sex dungeon.
The daughter, then 15, posted the photos, which include a shot of her wearing a dog collar and leash held by her mom, on the Internet last June.
When the father saw those, he called child protection workers, who alerted Halifax Regional Police.
On the advice of a child welfare worker, all three teens moved out of the home. The kids were allowed to return to their mother in July but authorities seized them again in November when it came to light that the same teenage girl was working as a makeup artist for pornographic photo and film shoots in their apartment building.
"I’m a liberal guy, but you have to get boundaries in your life when you have kids," said the father, who can’t be named for fear of identifying the children.
He’s not arguing for custody of the children at the hearing in Halifax family court later this month. The kids are living with relatives and seem to be doing well there, said their 45-year-old dad.
But he’s worried the judge will give the children back to their 42-year-old mother.
"She’s arguing the kids are not in need of protection," he said Wednesday of his estranged wife, whom he met when they studied at Dalhousie University.
Court documents paint a strange picture of the woman’s mothering style.
She was aware of the racy photos of her daughter on the web and "did not see any problem with the pictures, saying her daughter wanted to become an ‘alternative model,’ and they were ‘funny pictures,’ " says a report that Jean Webb, a lawyer with the provincial Justice Department, wrote last month for Associate Chief Justice Robert Ferguson.
A social worker who visited the home "noticed marijuana, a roach clip used to smoke marijuana, and whips in the living room, all of which were in plain sight of the children," Ms. Webb wrote.
Both the mother and daughter, now 16, "acknowledged a ‘dungeon’ being downstairs from their apartment and both admitted to being in the ‘dungeon,’ " she wrote.