Melbourne, Nov 23 (ANI): A 34-year-old ruthless father from Bendigo in Victoria has been jailed for 14 years after filming himself sexually abusing his teenage stepdaughter and injecting her with testosterone.
The man blackmailed his 13-year-old girl by claiming that he was being paid for the video footage by a child pornography website owner and threatened her if she doesn't co-operate, the video would be circulated on Facebook around the world and to her friends.
But the County Court heard that the claims were an elaborate ruse to justify his ongoing sexual abuse of the girl.
The court was told the man sometimes abused the girl in her bed at night, and when she was home sick from school.
The sentencing judge told the man, who pleaded guilty to 37 charges, including 26 of incest and five of compelling sexual penetration, that his crimes were very serious examples of their kind.
"Even momentary regard to her welfare would have (made you) consider the damage to this young girl's life. You used her to satisfy your own disgraceful desires. You blackmailed her into submission," the Age quoted the judge as saying.
"She was powerless and vulnerable to you. She lived in the same house without safety or refuge. Your victim had no peace, even when she was ill you abused her," she added.
The court was told the abuse occurred over 18 months and the judge said the man's offending was calculated, not opportunistic.
The man was truly remorseful, the judge said, but the court needed to send a strong message to like-minded offenders.
"The court and the community cannot and will not tolerate such offending which so seriously damages the lives of our children," the judge noted.
The man was jailed for 13 years and 10 months, to serve a minimum term of nine years, and four months and will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life. (ANI)