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Father bought young girls lingerie and sex toys, court told

A JURY has heard a former Ipswich pastor bought lingerie and sex toys for his 12-year-old daughter and her best friend.

The second day of the trial yesterday heard recorded interviews with the girls from 2005.

The 51-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to 15 child sex charges including maintaining an unlawful relationship with a child, and seven counts of rape.

The man can't be named so as to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

On Friday the jury heard after the man was arrested in 2005 he fled Queensland for seven years before being found and arrested outside of the Northern Territory.

The court was yesterday played tapes of interviews with the girls.

In the interviews the man's daughter told police her father had bought them sex toys and lingerie, which she hid for fear of her mother finding them.

She said he started buying the items for the girls after the break down of an extra-marital affair between him and the other girl's mother.

The girls' stories differed, however, with both girls saying the man used the toys on the other, denying it happened to them.

During the recorded interview the man's daughter was highly emotional, breaking down when the officer asked her about the allegations against her father.

The other girl was more forthright in her statements, which form the basis for most of the charges.

The court also heard from one of the police officers who searched the house.

He said the officers found the toys and lingerie which had been described by the girls.

The trial is expected to run throughout the week.

Topics:  maintaining unlawful sexual relationship rape



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