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Father accused of sexual assault

THE trial of a 63-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting his teenage son almost 20 years ago has begun in Bundaberg District Court.

The Bundaberg man, who cannot be named to protect his alleged victim, has pleaded not guilty to indecently treating his son on a date between March 1, 1990 and March 1, 1993.

Prosecutor Dzenita Balic told the eight-woman, four-man jury that during the trial, they would hear from the defendant's son, wife and a police officer.

She said the defendant and his wife, daughter and son were living on a rurally isolated property in Moresby near Innisfail at the time of the alleged offending and that the alleged victim, who was now 35 years old, was about 14 or 15 years old when the offending happened.

Ms Balic said the jury would hear from the victim that his father suffered an injury that required the family to give him massages.

"It was in the context of these massages ...that he was assaulted by his father," Ms Balic said.

"He will tell you he was in his parent's room massaging his father and when he finished massaging, the defendant told him to lay on the bed.

"The defendant then moved his hand on to the genitals (of the boy)."

Ms Balic said the man then masturbated the boy who did not make a complaint to police until 2007.

The trial continues today.

Topics:  bundaberg district court, sexual assault, trial



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