Man who raped stepdaughter gives house to girl’s mum
A SUNSHINE Coast man who molested his stepdaughter has signed over his house to support her and her mother while he is in jail.
Barrister Anna Smith told a court yesterday that her client knew he would emerge from prison with nothing and have to start again.
"This action demonstrates genuine remorse for his offending," Ms Smith said.
The man, 57, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to nine sex offences against the nine-year-old.
The charges included six counts of indecent dealing, two counts of rape, and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child, ending in September last year.
Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said most of the offences occurred while the girl's mother was at bingo on the one week out of every four that the FIFO worker was home.
The offences occurred over an 11-month period, although the man had been a father figure to the girl all her life.
"The defendant has effectively been the child's father from a few months after she was born so this can viewed as quite a considerable breach of trust as a parent," Mr Cummings said.
The court was told the man encouraged the girl to touch his genitalia and on some occasions went further.
Ms Smith said a psychologist's report suggested the man's personality type and alcohol consumption had contributed to the offending.
Ms Smith pointed out that two of the charges would not have come to light if not for her client's admissions.
She said that since being charged, he had given the girl's mother access to a bank account and they had lived in the house while he stayed in hotels.
Ms Smith said he had also signed a power of attorney giving the girl's mother the right to sell the house while he was in jail.
"When he's released from custody, he'll have no money, no house and no job. He knows he'll have to start again," she said.
Judge John Robertson accepted the man was genuinely remorseful but he said his conduct would have an ongoing consequence for his stepdaughter.
"It would be naive to suggest that such appalling behaviour would not have a significant adverse effect on both your former partner and more importantly, the child," he said.
He sentenced the man to terms of two to four years on each of the charges, to be served concurrently.
The man, who had no previous convictions, will be eligible for parole in a year.