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Vic pedophile gets extra jail on appeal

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Melissa Iaria

A Victorian pedophile who abused his stepdaughters from two separate marriages got a "wholly inadequate" jail term the second time around, an appeals court has found.

The 47-year-old had already served time for sexually abusing three stepdaughters from his first marriage, when he went on to abuse a stepdaughter from his second.

The latest abuse saw the main jailed in April for eight years, with a minimum five years and nine months.

But the Court of Appeal ruled the sentencing judge made errors in calculating the "wholly inadequate" sentence.

They allowed the appeal by Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions and re-sentenced the man to 11-and-a-half years with a minimum eight-and-a-half years, on Thursday.

The stepfather had pleaded guilty to multiple charges of incest, indecent acts with a child under 16 and child pornography.

He began abusing the victim from age 11 and she was eventually removed from the home by the Department of Human Services.

Although she complained to police in 2008, her stepfather denied wrongdoing and charges didn't proceed.

Later that year, he and the girl's mother married.

The girl returned to live with her mother and stepfather when she was 18 and she and her stepfather then had sex on more than 15 occasions.

Videos of the pair having sex were later found in his possession.

By the time the man was sentenced for these crimes, he was already diagnosed as a pedophile and serious sex offender for abusing his three stepdaugthers and one of their friends from his previous marriage.

For those crimes he was sentenced to three previous jail terms.

The DPP said during its appeal the man's history of sex offences against children, risk of re-offending, diagnosis as a paedophile and lack of trying to rehabilitate himself "loomed large" in the judge's sentencing exercise.

"The sentencing court was bound to regard the protection of the community as the principal sentencing purpose," it argued.

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