A couple who are accused of streaming live webcam shows of them sexually abusing a drugged five-year-old girl were tipped off to the FBI by one of their viewers, a court has heard.
Sarah Gotham and her former lover, Craig Forbes, are accused of streaming the abuse across the Atlantic to Kori Ellis, who lived in California.
Prosecutor Heather Hope told Plymouth Crown Court that after Ellis was arrested by FBI officers at her flat in San Francisco in April 2015, she 'admitted straight away that she had contact with other paedophiles, including couples in the UK and one couple called Sarah and Craig.'
Gotham and Forbes are accused of four joint counts of sexual assault against the same youngster. Gotham alone is charged with two further counts of sexual assault.
Miss Hope said the 'abuse was streamed live via a webcam' to Ellis on five separate occasions and were referred to as 'shows'.
And she said the victim was 'most probably drugged at the time because she was unaware of what was happening to her'.
Miss Hope then warned the jury that some of the evidence is 'extremely distasteful and downright revolting'.
The jury heard that Ellis cooperated with investigators in a bid to get a reduction in her prison sentence.
Officers from Devon and Cornwall police flew to the USA and interviewed Ellis as to what she had seen and done.
Chat logs were also examined by forensic computer experts, she told the court.
The court heard Ellis and Sarah Gotham and her former partner Craig Forbes got in contact through a 'chat roulette' website which introduces random people who share interests and hobbies using a key word.
The court heard the key word in their case was 'paedo' or 'paedophiles'.
Ellis said Gotham and Forbes were 'an attractive couple' and they made some checks to ensure they were 'real people' and not pretending to be online, or being ensnared by police.
Gotham was 'chatty' and used the display name 'Sarah Girls Only' and they exchanged Skype details to keep in touch through Skype conversations and chatlogs.
Miss Hope said: 'Ellis - who used the Skype name Bad Girl Next Door - was very careful she was talking to proper paedophiles.'
Ellis said Gotham told her that her name was Sarah Gotham and she Googled her and found some online photos of her at some events.
The court heard Ellis gave very graphic details of the type of child sex abuse she found sexually arousing.
The jury heard Gotham and Forbes 'both had foot fetishes' and asked Ellis to paint her toenails in front of a webcam for sexual stimulation.
The court was told that they asked Ellis if she would like to watch a child being abused.
Miss Hope said: 'There is no direct evidence who the child was. The little girl was asleep.'
She said the victim did not know what, if anything, was going on.
Ellis claimed the live abuse only stopped if she stirred from her drug induced sleep, the jury was told.
The FBI contacted Devon and Cornwall police who then investigated Gotham and Forbes who lived in Plymouth.
Miss Hope said there was 'no dispute' that Forbes was involved in the abuse of the girl.
Gotham denies six charges of sexual assault on a child under 13 between December 2012 and March 2013.
The trial continues.
Couple 'streamed live webcam shows of them sexually abusing a drugged five-year-old girl to female paedophile in California who tipped off the FBI in a bid to cut her prison sentence' Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline