Man accused of molesting stepdaughter almost nightly
A FORMER Hervey Bay man has denied he molested his stepdaughter, from age nine, almost nightly for years in various family homes in Queensland and New South Wales.
The man, aged 41, also denies he continued sexually assaulting the girl during visits around the Caboolture area after he separated from the girl's mother.
Yesterday he pleaded not guilty in Brisbane District Court to maintaining a sexual relationship with a child; twice indecently treating the girl while she was aged under 12 and five times while she was under 16; and attempted rape and rape.
Crown prosecutor Ron Swanwick told the court the family was living in Hervey Bay in 2007 but moved to NSW in 2008.
He said the girl alleged the indecent touching began in 2008 and 2009.
"The offending was more prevalent towards the end of that time when they were getting ready to leave (NSW)," he said.
"The conduct occurred constantly for about a two-year period, nearly every night, until the time her mother and the (accused's) relationship ended (in 2010).
"However the accused continued to offend after this time when he had access to her. There are virtually countless alleged instances of offending."
Mr Swanwick said there were only nine counts particularised as offences because they were distinguishable through location or date or some other corroborating information.
He told the jury they must find the man guilty of at least two of those offences to convict him of maintaining a relationship with a child.
"I'm confident you'll be able to find many more than the bare two," he said.
Mr Swanwick said the girl would have sleepovers with the man and her younger stepsisters after the break-up where the behaviour escalated to attempted rape and then rape.
"She said he didn't care if her sisters were asleep or not," he said.
Mr Swanwick said the girl would testify that the time the man allegedly attempted to rape her but was unsuccessful, he apologised to her and she thought she heard him crying when he left the room. The trial continues.