The middle-aged father who reportedly molested his 14-year-old daughter more than two years ago has been sentenced to three years in prison.
His sentence will run from the time he was first remanded, which was in December 2015.
That means the Vincentian sex offender has less than one year remaining in prison.
Lifetime of therapy
While handing down the sentence on Tuesday, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards said the offender gravely betrayed the trust given to him as a parent.
“The victim will likely need therapeutic intervention for the rest of her life … as a result of this gentleman’s actions,” said Magistrate Richards, adding that the man stole his daughter’s innocence.
She also noted the sex offender’s reported attempt at bribing his daughter with a PlayStation video game so he could molest her.
The man is said to have molested his teenaged daughter on multiple occasions. He reportedly touched her while her mother and sibling were at church. The court heard the father also molested her in the mother’s bedroom, among other occasions.
It is reported that he molested the daughter by groping her and inserting his fingers into her vagina.
How the sex offender was caught
It is said that after participating in an unrelated sex education class at her school, the daughter told her sibling about the encounter in confidence.
However, the sibling subsequently told their mother who then reported it to police.
The father was then arrested and charged with indecent assault.
According to the sex offender’s attorney, the father was interested in ‘bridging the gap’ between him and his daughter.
“He will not repeat the activities for which he was convicted,” the attorney had said during a previous court appearance.
The father maintained his innocence throughout his trial.
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