Sex charges; Dad pleads not guilty

WHEN police officers arrived at her school, a 12-year-old girl realised her confidential disclosure to three close friends that her father was inappropriately touching her had been revealed.

In Lismore District Court yesterday the girl, now 15, who cannot be identified, gave evidence against her father who is pleading not guilty to three counts of indecent assault on a child aged under 16; and one count of sexual intercourse without consent. The charges relate to alleged offences during 2006, 2008, and in January 2009.

The Crown prosecutor told the jury the Northern Rivers man had been the primary carer of his daughter with the sex assaults taking place at their rural property when his wife was away or at work.

He said that when the officers arrived at the girl’s school she did not tell them everything that had occurred and while being driven to a second interview her father instructed her to say she made up the allegations.

The Crown said the girl would give evidence the touching began in 2006 when her father told her he wanted to kiss her and for her to kiss him back like she meant it.

Three taped interviews with the girl were shown.

In evidence the girl said her father told her: ‘If you love me you will let me do it’, before kissing and groping her.

The girl outlined various incidents she alleged took place at their home that included her father telling her to share a bed with him. A sexual assault had gone on for some minutes despite the girl telling her father to stop.

The girl said she returned to her bedroom crying following an indecent assault in January this year and which she later told her mother about.

She acknowledged that in 2006 she told officers she made up the first allegation.

“He (father) picked me up and told me to say it wasn’t true and that I made it up because I was angry with him because he wouldn’t let me see friends, and to apologise for wasting everyone’s time,” she said.

“Did you make it up?” asked the Crown.

“No,” she replied.

The girl said she became scared about going home because she never knew if her father would be drunk and become threatening toward her. And when her mother pressed the issue in January for her father to see a doctor to find out what was wrong he said to call a mental institution before driving off. After he left she told her mother what was happening.

“I was sitting at the kitchen table crying, telling her about everything,” she said.

“He is an alcoholic. He drinks beer and cask wine.”

The trial continues today.

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