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Dad found guilty of molesting his 3yo daughter

A MAN has been found guilty of molesting his then-three-year-old daughter, but not guilty of an alternate charge of rape, during a trial in Gladstone District Court.

Six men and six women found the man, who cannot be identified, guilty of one charge of indecent treatment of a child under 12, under care.

He also faced an alternate charge of rape, on which he was found not guilty.

The defendant's trial, which began on Monday, heard evidence that he had molested his own daughter, who was three years old at the time.

While the jury members were not convinced that penetration had occurred, they found the man had engaged in conduct that had ended in ejaculation.

The offence occurred in 2012 while the man's two daughters were spending the weekend at his residence on a court-ordered visitation.

The victim had repeatedly claimed throughout testimony, and when the complaint was filed, that her father had "put his bits in my bits".

An inconclusive medical examination and the young victim's evidence could not prove a more serious charge of rape.

The defendant's barrister, David Murray, told The Observer that the defendant intended to appeal the decision.

Topics:  child abuse, crime, gladstone district court, molestation




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