An Australian man who allowed a group of paedophiles to rape and molest his young daughter will spend at least the next 20 years behind bars.
The 42-year-old single father was sentenced in Perth’s District Court today after pleading guilty to 61 offences.
The court was told how the man sat back and watched several other men with whom he had met through online sites, including Craigslist, have sex with and molest his underage daughter.
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On some occasions, the men would also watch as the girl was sexually abused by her father.
The abuse took place in the father’s home, the men’s homes or in hotel rooms between 2013 and 2015 when the girl was aged between 11 and 13.
Both Judge Philip Eaton and prosecutor Justin Whalley said the case was one of the worst of its kind in Western Australia.
According to Perth Now, Mr Whalley said the 42-year-old man treated his daughter as a “”sexual object to satisfy his own sexual desires and the desires of other like-minded paedophiles”.
Mr Whalley also told the court how the man boasted “it was fun while it lasted” to police.
Perth Now reported how, in one video recording, the girl could be seen shackled to a bed, wearing a black full face mask, with a gag in her mouth and a dog collar that had the word “bitch” on it.
According to the news website, the father appeared to cry as he pleaded guilty to the charges and held his head in his hands for the majority of his sentencing.
He was jailed for 22-and-a-half years – 20 of which he will serve before being eligible for parole in December 2036.
Six other men were also charged in relation to the case, one of whom was a Christian church pastor.
Two of the six men have already been jailed, while the remaining four are still having their cases heard in court.
For more on this story, visit Perth Now.