And she believes were it not for her vigilant monitoring, the girl’s fate could have been a lot worse.
The mum, who cannot be named to protect her daughter, said: “He contacted her in April 2013. I went straight to the guards and reported it.
“In his messages he said he was 24 but he was 34 and was using three separate Facebook accounts.
“It turned out he had lots of that age group added to his Facebook and that’s why my daughter accepted him thinking it was the girl in his picture.
"She mistook Michael as Michelle. It’s scary how easy it happened.
“The guards were very sympathetic but there was nothing they could do apparently because he did not ask her to meet up directly, after which I told them maybe because I intervened.
“When I heard about that boy and girl this week my feelings were that if the laws were different it wouldn’t have happened as he would have been arrested after talking to my daughter.”
In the Facebook messages, Martin tells the girl she looks “sexy”.
He said: “Well.”
To which she responded: “Do I no you?”
Martin, from Waterford city, said: “Random add but ur quar sexy luxin. I’m not a pervert. I just can’t help it if ur gud luxin.”
She asked him how old he was to which he responded 24. She told him she was only 13.
He then said to her: “O ri so do u want me to unfriend u?”
She said, “It’s OK”, to which Martin responded “KK. So u with ne1 [anyone]. R u with ne1, a lad like?”
When the girl said no and asked why he had asked he said: “Jw [just would] love to get to no u as a friend at least.”
She told him to leave her alone. The girl said: “I’m 13 go away.”
At this stage her mum confronted Martin in the Facebook chat.
She said: “This is ***’s [girl’s name] mother. What are you doing even talking to my child? What possible interest would you have in getting to know a 13-year-old as a friend?”
Martin then tried to claim it was not him but a young relative who had been talking to the teen. The mum last night warned other parents of young children using the internet to be extra vigilant and monitor what their kids are doing online at all times.
She added: “As my daughter was 13 the condition of her being allowed to have a Facebook profile was that I had her password at the time so that’s how I was able to see and prevent any further contact.
“I’d urge parents to do the same or God knows what could have happened.
“I was physically sick that this happened to us. It’s something you read about but never imagine will ever happen to you or your family.
“What if I didn’t have her password? Would she have let slip what school she was in? Would he have abducted her?
“Her life would have been ruined, all of our lives would have been. She’s our only child and this predator tried to reach out to her via Facebook.
“It’s too easy for people like him to contact children. Parents need to keep track and stay vigilant to who their children are speaking too at all times if using the internet.”
Martin will serve just over nine years behind bars after automatic 25% remission – meaning be free to roam the streets again when he is 45.
Hitting out at the sentence, the mum said: “He’s been in prison before and got released and initiated contact with children online.
“If he hadn’t have been released none of that would have happened.
“We need sentencing like in America where child offenders get longer sentences to prevent these men hurting our children.”
Another woman told the Irish Mirror he tried to groom her and her pal when they were just 13.
The woman, who does not want to be named, added: “He tried to go off with my friend down the road when he knew she was only 13 and offered her 20 fags if she did.
“He always used to buy us stuff when we were little. Little did we know he was trying to groom us.”
Another woman who knows Martin described him as a “complete sicko”.
She said: “It’s shocking he only got 13 years. He’s a psycho.
“I wouldn’t doubt he has tried to approach young girls before.”
Martin is currently housed on the G Division of the Midlands Prison alongside sadistic killer Graham Dwyer.
Portlaoise Circuit Court heard he had 92 previous convictions, including one for the abduction of a 14-year-old girl in 2003, at the time of the Laois offence.
Martin approached and started a conversation with two 10-year-old twin brothers and their 11-year-old sister while they were playing in Cullohill.
Judge Keenan Johnson said he grabbed the girl by her waist “and put her feet-first into the jeep through the driver’s door”.
As the girl struggled and kicked her ten-year-old brother jumped onto the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Judge Johnson added the boy “clung to the door and continued to punch the accused while he attempted to move the vehicle”. With Martin distracted, the girl managed to escape.
He said the boy “was extremely brave and showed great presence of mind, maturity beyond his years”.
The children now live in the US.
Judge Johnson added: “Thankfully cases of this nature are uncommon in Ireland.”