Toowoomba man who molested his teenage step-daughter jailed

A TOOWOOMBA man who molested his teenage step-daughter has spent his first weekend behind bars.

The 46-year-old stood expressionless as a Toowoomba District Court jury returned guilty verdicts on four charges including three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16 under his care and one of indecent treatment of a child under 16 by exposure.

The court heard the girl was aged between 13 and 15 at the relevant time when the man, aged 39 to 44, had walked in on her when she was having a shower at various times over the offending period.

He had taken photographs and video of the girl on his phone and had tried to touch her but she had resisted.

He had also tried to kiss her on the lips as she lay in bed and he had exposed himself to the girl and made rude suggestions, the court heard.

The offending came to light when the girl was staying on holiday with her father and his new partner on a property west of Toowoomba.

During the two day trial, the jury had heard from the girl complainant as well as her younger step-sister who claimed to have heard the man in the family bathroom while the girl was showering.

"It was a gross breach of trust and parental duties," Crown prosecutor Cameron Wilkins said during sentencing submissions.

Judge Nathan Jarro told the man, who cannot be named so as to protect the identity of the victim, by going to trial and forcing the victim to give evidence he had shown no remorse.

Judge Jarro sentenced him to 18 months in jail but ordered the term be suspended after he had served nine months with the balance to remain over his head for three years.



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