Father touches 9-year-old

A FATHER of four who exposed himself to a now nine-year-old girl before forcing her to kiss him “like an adult” was jailed for 18 months.

The 35-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, waited for the girl’s mother — his partner at the time — to leave the house before he forced the girl to lay on a sofa bed on June 30 last year.

Crown prosecutor David Nardone said the man exposed himself before touching the girl.

Mr Nardone said the girl told her mother later that day of the act and that he kissed her “the way adults kiss”.

“She was telling (the defendant) to stop, but he wouldn’t,” Mr Nardone said.

“She tried to reach a chair to get away.”

The court was told of the mother’s initial reaction to the child’s revelations about the actions of her partner at the time.

“She pretended no disclosure had been made, but collected her children and went to a friend’s place,” Mr Nardone said.

After a sleepless night she took her child to the police to make a statement.

Mr Nardone said he was seeking an 18-month prison term because the offence went beyond “mere touching”.

Defence counsel Julie Sharp said the inevitable conviction would have far-reaching ramifications in the defendant’s personal life and for access to his children.

Ms Sharp also said his time in prison would affect his ability to support his new partner, who is about to have his fifth baby.

Judge Keith Dodds said the offence against the young girl was inexcusable.

“Most people in the community would struggle to understand why a 34-year-old man (at the time of the offence) would do what you did to an eight-year-old child,” he said.

The judge ordered his prison term be suspended for three years after 15 weeks.

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