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Man out in eight days after abusing step-daughter

A ROCKHAMPTON woman, whose partner was sexually abusing her eight-year-old daughter, was pregnant with the couple's second child when she discovered the horrible truth.

In the Rockhampton District Court on Thursday, the 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to indecent treatment of his step-daughter. The court heard the first of three incidents occurred around Christmas time of 2014 in the presence of other sleeping family members, while the second and third was in April of 2015.

During the last incident, the victim's mother discovered her now ex-partner naked in a "compromising" position with her daughter in the child's bed.

Ms Baker told the court the woman then went to the kitchen and armed herself with a knife before he fled from the house.

The man was charged that day and had been remanded in custody for the past 357 days. He had not applied for bail.

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said his client was not in a position to explain his behaviour, and had regets it had occurred.

He also revealed the man was the biological father to six children, including the now newborn, from three relationships.

In delivering his sentence, Judge Burnett said the man's offending was "abhorrent".

"It is all serious and represents a gross abuse of your role as a parent."

The man was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment, suspended after 12 months on two counts; three years imprisonment, suspended after 12 months on two counts; and 12 months imprisonment with three years probation on one count, all to be served concurrently.

The court had to take into account time already served, leaving the man with around eight days left to serve in jail.

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