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Girl, 12, alleges rape at a student sleepover

A FATHER raped and molested a 12-year-old girl at his daughter's sleepover, an Ipswich jury has been told.

The Laidley man has pleaded not guilty at Ipswich District Court to one count of rape and three counts of indecent treatment against the girl.

Crown prosecutor Caroline Marco told the jury the man had assured the girl's older sister his wife would be there too, but he didn't actually have a wife.

Ms Marco suggested the man, 44, lured the girl on false pretences.

The jury was told the man was hosting a sleepover with his daughter and some of her friends on December 3 last year when he raped the girl while the group was watching the movie, Hop.

The jury was told the man begged the girl to allow him to massage her and asked to have a shower with her but she resisted.

The girl told the jury she was laying on a sofa bed watching movies with the man and other friends when he molested her.

In a cross examination by the man's defence barrister, Steve Kissick, the girl said the man asked to give her a "wedgie", where a person's underpants are pulled up and "wedged" in their buttock cheeks, and tried to pull her pants down.

The jury was told the man continued to molest her throughout the night by raping her and she was left with the feeling the man had "deliberately perved" on her.

She testified the man pulled her pants down but she resisted, and she felt "a nudge", meaning it

was either his finger or another body part which she felt in her buttocks area.

The girl told detectives the offending happened four times throughout the night. The girl admitted she couldn't actually remember the occasion when she was forced to touch the man.

She said she didn't tell anyone about the attack until "rumours" started going around about her and she felt she had to tell people.

Another child witness said she thought it was "weird" the man was spending time alone with her friend and she also heard her saying "stop it" but she couldn't actually see anything because the man had turned the lights off.

The girl said she had never felt threatened when visiting the man before the incident. The prosecution was expected to wrap up their case yesterday and the trial will continue on Monday.

Topics:  ipswich district court



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