AN Adelaide man has been sentenced to more than six years in jail – but could walk free in less than three – after confessing to sexually abusing his children, having sex with their pet chickens and molesting the family dog.
The 27-year-old man, who has not been identified to protect the identity of his victims, was arrested and charged in December last year after confessing his crimes in a letter to his now ex-wife, and then to police.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of bestiality, one count of persistent sexual exploitation of a child and one count of aggravated indecent assault.
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The District Court heard the man sexually abused his then three-year-old biological daughter and his stepdaughter.
Most of the sexual acts were committed on the man’s stepdaughter while she was asleep, ABC News reported. She was aged between 9 and 11 at the time.
The man also confessed to having sex with his children’s pet chickens and admitted to trying to do the same with the family dog.
Before handing down his sentence on Wednesday, Judge Paul Muscat noted how the man had suffered abuse as a child and had sexual contact with dogs as a kid.
The court heard how the man began to feel “aroused by the wrongfulness of his sexual behaviour”.
Judge Muscat called the abuse “unnatural”, “gross” and “disturbing”, but credited the young man for his voluntary confessions and dedication to rehabilitation before sentencing him to six-years-and-seven-months in jail.
“You appear determined and motivated to engage in treatment and address your abhorrent and abnormal sexual behaviours, which is imperative in order to reduce your risk of further sexual offending,” Judge Muscat said.
The 27-year-old man was given a non-parole period of three-and-a-half years, backdated to when he was taken into custody, meaning he could walk free from jail in June 2019.
“If the sentence imposed on you seems to some to be moderate then that is the product of your voluntary confessions and the healthy sentencing discounts which apply,” Judge Muscat said.
“Offenders should be encouraged to come clean and accept full responsibility for their criminal actions and then take steps to address the issues which led to their offending, as you have done.”