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Child, animal abuser jailed in SA

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016

A South Australian man who sexually abused his children and an animal could walk free from jail in three and a half years.

The man, from regional SA, was on Wednesday sentenced to six years and seven months in prison for sexually assaulting his daughters and for two counts of bestiality.

District Court judge Paul Muscat said the crimes were "abhorrent" but with reductions for a full confession, he set a non-parole period of three years and six months.

"You abused and betrayed in the most serious way possible your position as father of the children to satisfy your abnormal sexual desires," Judge Muscat said.

"You know you must now pay the price."

The man, who cannot be identified, admitted to abusing his daughter and stepdaughter while they slept, and to having sex with an animal.

The 27-year-old was arrested after he wrote a letter to his then-wife detailing the crimes and she passed it on to police.

The devastated mother said in her victim impact statement that her children had never done anything wrong.

"My beautiful, innocent children certainly never, ever deserved such terrible violations of their bodies and hearts," she said.

A psychologist's report found the man had abusive parents with "distorted" attitudes and that he had expressed inappropriate sexual behaviours from a young age.

The man has consented to an intervention order that bans him from seeing or contacting his family, and is getting treatment to suppress his urges.

Judge Mascot said the sentence might seem moderate to some but was the result of the man's confessions, remorse and strong motivation to recover.

"Offenders should be encouraged to come clean and accept their criminal actions," he said.

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