A father used bedtime reading to slowly groom his foster daughter, nine, so that he could rape her.
The 45-year-old New Zealand man began by asking his foster daughter for a hug before bed, then progressed to rubbing her leg and buttocks with skin-on-skin contact twice a week, reports Daily Mail.
Eventually, four months later, he began to take her pants off and rape her, continuing to do so about 9-10 times until May 2016, according to the New Zealand Herald .
He stopped because he’d realised what he was doing was wrong, it was reported.
Despite telling the girl to keep it secret and eventually stopping, she told her mother, who challenged the man.
After being confronted, he went to police, confessed and provided details so an investigation was not needed.
He appeared before the North Shore District Court on Wednesday facing one charge of sexual violation by rape and one of unwanted sexual connection.
He was sentenced to eight years in jail for each charge, to be served concurrently.
If you are being, or have been sexually abused:
- don’t blame yourself – it is not your fault
- tell an adult you trust, and keep doing so until someone listens and offers to help you
- Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 OR Lifeline 13 11 14
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