Man accused of sexually assaulting stepdaughter faces court

A MAN facing 30 sexual assault charges has been granted bail in Maryborough Magistrates Court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, indicated he intended to plead not guilty when his case was heard before Maryborough District Court on a date yet to be confirmed.

The 47-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.

He has been charged with incest, two charges of indecent treatment of a child under 16 (expose), seven charges of indecent treatment of a child (procure to commit) and 20 charges of indecent treatment of children under 16 of lineal descent/guardian or carer.

The man was in court yesterday where his case was committed to the district court, with evidence submitted to the court by police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling, including statements, DVD recordings, an interview with the alleged victim and medical records.

The court heard the abuse was alleged to have happened between 1999 and 2004.

After reading the charges for the record, Magistrate John Smith asked to hear from Snr Const Sperling and defence lawyer Natasha Schumacher on the matter of bail.

Snr Const Sperling said she did have a formal objection to bail, but said the man had no prior history of a like nature.

Ms Schumacher said the man was married and had two adult stepdaughters.

She said he suffered from depression and anxiety and was on medication.

Ms Schumacher said he was unable to work and was on Newstart allowance. She said her client had never failed to appear before the court. "He has entered a plea of not guilty," she said.

She said he had made no contact with the complainant and had relocated from the Maryborough area until the case was resolved.

Mr Smith allowed bail on strict conditions.



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