Man pleads not guilty to raping his step-daughter

A MAN who allegedly raped his step-daughter when she was aged seven has emphatically told a jury he was not guilty of the charge.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced trial on Monday in Ipswich District Court after being charged with rape and two counts of indecent treatment of a child.

The court heard the rape allegedly took place sometime between September 1, 2006 and September 3, 2007.

The indecent treatment offences allegedly occurred between October 31, 2013 and December 19, 2013.

All of the offences allegedly took place at the family's Redbank Plains home.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham told the court the trial would hear from eight witnesses including the young girl.

"There is an allegation the defendant penetrated the victim's genitalia with his fingers," he said.

"She was aged seven at the time.

"Under our law a person of that age cannot consent to such an act.

"The indecent treatment occurred several years later when the girl was 14-years-old and included touching her breast and buttocks."

The court was played a police interview conducted in 2008 with the girl when she was aged seven.

The girl told police the man once allegedly touched her in full view of her mother.

"He has been doing naughty things to me," the girl said.

"He touches me on the rude parts and smacks me all the time for nothing.

"He does it in the lounge room, my room and the kitchen."

The girl told police later in the interview that nothing ever happened in the kitchen.

The trial before Judge Greg Koppenol continues.



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