An Illawarra man who fathered multiple children with his biological daughter as the result of sexual abuse spanning more than a decade in the 2000s has been sentenced to 16 years jail.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to persistent child sexual abuse charges in Wollongong District Court on Thursday, as well as offences relating to the sexual assault of two siblings stemming back to the 1980s.
The man’s psychologist described his as “highly sexualised”, saying he used sex to cope with problems in his life, beginning with the abuse of his much younger siblings, who were aged 6 and 10 at the time.
One of the siblings told the court in a victim impact statement that they had lived with the mental pain of their brother’s actions for more than a quarter of a century and had been in counselling for many years as a result.
“My capacity to trust has been taken from me,” the sibling wrote.
Meantime, the man’s daughter was subjected to 11 years of physical, emotional and psychological abuse at the hands of her father from the age of 14.
The court heard she had come to live her father in the early 2000s after a falling out with her mother.
However, rather than offer her a stable home, the man took advantage of her vulnerability and began sexually abusing her.
“She came seeking help, shelter and support from her father,” Judge Andrew Haesler said.
“[But] from then until the time of his arrest in 2014, she was subject to abuse and a gross breach of the trust that every daughter must have in her father and every father must show to their daughter.
“From day one he manipulated her by physical and psychological coercion.”
The family lived interstate at one stage, during which time the victim fell pregnant and had an abortion – organised for her by her father and his then-girlfriend.
The family moved back to the Illawarra in the late 2000s.
The woman told the court in her victim impact statement that she had complied with her father’s ever-increasing sexual demands out of fear of getting hurt or losing her family.
The family came to the attention of family authorities in 2013, leading to the man’s arrest in 2014.
In court on Thursday, Judge Haesler set a non-parole period of 11 years, meaning with time already served the man will become eligible to apply for parole in 2025.
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