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Father breached daughter's privacy

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A 35-YEAR-OLD Agnes Water man has admitted to peering through a window and watching his 14-year-old daughter as she dried herself after taking a shower.

The man, who can not be named to protect the identity of the complainant, pleaded guilty to observing in breach of privacy, in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover told the court the defendant and the complainant had been estranged for some time and had only reconnected three years prior to the incident.

Snr Const Glover said on July 21 this year the complainant was at home with her father when she told him she was going to take a shower.

After showering, the complainant went to her bedroom to dry off and get dressed.

Snr Const Glover said the girl was naked in her bedroom when the defendant walked along the veranda and peered through the window.

The complainant said she saw a mobile phone and a figure at the window.

Recognising the mobile phone, the complainant later sent a text to the defendant saying "I know it was you" and later reported the matter to staff at her school.

In his client's defence, lawyer Nick Larter said the defendant turned himself in before being contacted by police.

He said the defendant admitted to watching his daughter but denied filming her and no footage had been found on his phone despite it being examined by police.

"This was a single incident of peering through a window," he said.

When Magistrate Aaron Simpson asked whether the defendant had given any reason for his actions, Mr Larter said his client told police "he was curious".

Mr Simpson sentenced the defendant to two years probation and recorded a conviction.

"You have suffered the humiliation of telling your work mates ... but you can imagine the humiliation your daughter suffered is greater than that," he said.

"The community is best served by having you monitored for a lengthy period of time."

Topics:  agnes waters, bundaberg magistrates court, daughter, teen




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