Man charged with sex offences against 11-year-old sister
A YOUNG girl has been left traumatized after she was sexually abused by her 18-year-old half-brother.
The brother - who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim - appeared in the dock at Ipswich District Court this week.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.
During the sentencing, the mother of the 11-year-old victim fought back tears as she watched the proceedings via video link.
Crown prosecutor Noel Needham said the man and the girl shared the same father.
The girl's mother had known the teen since he was a child and had allowed him to live with her and her two young children in Brassall.
The mother had converted the garage of the house into a room for the teenager, so he could have his own space.
Mr Needham said the teen was viewed by the family as a brother to the young children.
The offending took place the night of January 3, after it had been arranged for the girl and her 12-year-old brother to have a sleep over in the teenager's room.
While the 18-year-old and the girl watched movies together, the teenager started sexually abusing her and exposed his penis to her.
The girl moved herself off the bed and went to sleep, but was awoken a few hours later by the teen abusing her again.
The girl hit the teen's hands away and told her mother about the incident. The teen was arrested by police soon after.
Before he was brought into court for sentencing, the teenager had served 193 days in custody.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, the girl said she had been left traumatised by her brother's sexual abuse.
"My friends think I am stupid because I don't like dancing with boys at dance lessons," the girl said.
"I have trouble sleeping at night and have nightmares. I will never trust anyone because of him."
The victim and her family moved to Western Australia, after the incident.
Defence barrister Debra Wardle said most of her client's indecent touching had been outside of the victim's clothing.
Ms Wardle described the offence as "opportunistic" and noted that it only took place during the one night.
She said her client had a "dreadful" upbringing and commenced youth counselling before he was taken into custody.
Ms Wardle said the teen was remorseful for his actions.
Judge Greg Koppenol noted that the teen had no previous criminal history but said the offending had a "dramatic" affect on both the victim and her mother.
The teen was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for three years.