An Illawarra father accused of encouraging his three-year-old son to commit a sexual act on a family friend has been released on bail after his mother agreed to put up $25,000 to ensure his future attendance at court.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his two children, allegedly told the young boy, who was wearing no pants, to act in a sexual way towards a female friend.
The woman objected, allegedly saying to the man, ‘‘Don’t tell him to do that’’. However she told police the boy tried to do it, prompting the man to laugh and say ‘‘good boy’’.
The woman claimed she saw the man act sexually towards both his children on other occasions over the course of a month this year.
It is alleged on one occasion he simulated a sex act on his son, while on another occasion, he told the woman to rub his 18-month-old daughter’s genital area while changing her pyjamas because ‘‘she liked it’’.
When the woman protested, the man allegedly told her he had performed sexual acts on the child on previous occasions and she ‘‘loved it’’.
The man was interviewed by Wollongong’s child abuse squad before being charged earlier this month with a single count of inciting a victim under the age of 10 to commit an indecent act.
Applying for bail in Wollongong Local Court yesterday, the man said he would agree to strict bail conditions including reporting to police and not having any contact with his wife or children, the three of whom were living at her parents’ house. The man’s mother said she could put forward a surety of $25,000 to ensure her son abided by his bail conditions, and the conditions of the apprehended violence order in place.
Magistrate Susan McGowan said she was deeply concerned about the nature of the alleged facts, but agreed to release the man while his matter proceeded through court.
She ordered him to have no contact with any witnesses in the case, including his wife.
During a previous bid for bail, the man told the court his conduct in suggesting his son perform the sexual act was meant to be ‘‘a joke’’.
The case will return to court in November.