Man jailed for sex assault on his teenage daughter

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A South Yorkshire dad who sexually assaulted his teenage daughter after they met for the first time has been jailed for six years.

The 41-year-old sexually assaulted his daughter over a six-month period after she went to live with him, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Timothy Capstick said the 13-year-old initially slept of the sofa but when her dad split up with his girlfriend he ‘turned his attention’ to his daughter.

He rubbed her back before kissing her and the next day he said she could sleep in his bed and he would sleep on the sofa. During the night he crept into the bed and sexually assaulted her.

He encouraged her to drink alcohol before the assault. She eventually left the house and stopped living there.

The teenager, who is now 18, first told a social worker, then went to police last year. Officers found texts on the man’s phone which suggested a sexual relationship with his daughter.

When arrested he denied having any contact with the girl and said another family member must have used the phone.

The court heard the dad was given a 12-month jail term, reduced to six months on appeal, in February, 2012 after he was convicted of detaining a girl, aged 15, without lawful authority.

He admitted sexual assault and 14 offences of sexual activity.

Alison Dorrell, defending, said he accepts having a regular sexual relationship.

She added: “He is very sorry and deeply regrets it and wishes he could turn the clock back. He feels sick when he thinks about it.”

Jailing the man, Judge Simon Lawler said: “Over a period of six months you grossly abused your position of trust. She was 13 and you were 41 and you took advantage of her.

“When interviewed the girl said she let you do it because you were her father. She did not want to lose what she felt she had gained and she felt he had played with her emotions.”

The man, already on the Sex Offenders’ Register, was made subject to a Sex Offenders’ Prevention Order and barred from working with children.