Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dad convicted of sexually assaulting 9-year-old daughter during visitation; had been "volunteering" with other children with church's ok (Australia)

Extremely disturbing. UNNAMED DAD has been convicted of sexually assaulting his 9-year-old daughter after getting drunk in climbing into bed with her and her sister (so in a sense, both girls were actually violated). Now the court finds out that this scum has been "volunteering" to work with Aboriginal children--all with the apparent blessing of his church.


Child abuse sentencing adjourned
Felicity Caldwell 24th November 2010

A MAN convicted of molesting his own daughter has been volunteering with children in remote Aboriginal communities.

The 44-year-old man, who cannot be identified, pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to a sickening sexual assault on his nine-year-old biological daughter.

But while being sentenced, it was revealed that he had been volunteering with an unidentified church on missionary trips to remote communities to work with children.

“It’s generally during school holidays to give the children out there something to do,” defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said.

Judge Sarah Bradley expressed her shock in court and demanded to know whether the man still held a Blue Card.

Mr Seaholme said he was unaware whether his client still held a Blue Card but assured the court the church knew about the man’s offending behaviour.

Crown prosecutor Rachelle Logan said the man, who was separated from his partner, had his two young daughters during weekends and holidays before the sexual assault.

During a visit in 2007, the father became extremely intoxicated and climbed into a bed his nine-year- old and 10-year-old daughters were sharing.

Ms Logan said the man molested the nine-year-old and held her by the throat, but the two young girls fought him off with kicks and punches and then put him to bed after replacing his liquor with water.

The girls complained to their mother the next day and she called police.

“There was a significant breach of trust and there was a degree of violence involved,” Ms Logan said.

The man pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent treatment of a child aged under 12 who is a lineal descendant.

He no longer has contact with his daughters.

Mr Seaholme said his client should receive a suspended jail sentence, but Ms Logan asked for 12 months jail.

Judge Bradley adjourned sentencing until December 14 so the man’s legal team can obtain updated information and a psychological report.