Father drugged his own daughter, raped her, took photos

A MAN drugged his own daughter and took explicit photos of her which he shared online, a Townsville court has heard.

The man, 52, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his daughter, appeared in Townsville District Court to be sentenced on a string of child sex charges including rape, indecent treatment of a child, possessing child exploitation material and recording in breach of privacy domestic violence offence.

Crown Prosecutor Shannon Sutherland told the court the man committed the offences over three years between 2012 and 2015 when his daughter was aged between 12 and 16.

On one occasion he raped her with a shampoo bottle while she was asleep and took photographs.

The abuse occurred while the girl was visiting her father in Townsville during school holidays.

The court heard she believed her father was giving her zinc tablets before bed when they were actually sleeping tablets such as valium.

She told police she would wake up to find her clothes dishevelled but she had no recollection of the photos being taken.

Police pounced on the man on December 1, 2015, arresting him at Townsville Airport.

Police also raided two storage units in Townsville seizing a digital camera, two mobile phones and tablets which had a sedative effect.

Police had tracked him down after discovering child exploitation material on a file- sharing website with an account linked to the man.

The man's daughter was shown some of the photos and asked to identify herself.

He also admitted his offending to police. During the three years of abuse he collected more than 500 photos of his daughter and shared more than 60 of them online.

He also had more than 400 images saved across two phones of child exploitation material of other children.

Ms Sutherland said the man didn't dispose of the images of his daughter, instead keeping them for his own sexual gratification.

"This is not opportunistic offending but rather planned and predatory," she said.

"He had sexual interest in the complainant and he put this into motion."

Defence barrister Harvey Walters said his client had separated from his daughter's mother in 2002 and had struggled with alcohol addiction.

Judge Terry Martin SC adjourned the sentence until ­tomorrow.

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