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Vic stepdad jailed over girl's sex abuse

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

A Victorian man who plied his vulnerable teenage stepdaughter with treats during protracted sexual abuse will spend at least two and a half years behind bars.

The man, aged in his 40s, began preying on the girl in 2013 and assaulted her for more than a year, despite her asking him to stop.

It began when he asked his stepdaughter to kiss him and said he would buy her a guitar.

The man later told police he knew it was wrong, but he enjoyed the excitement of doing something "naughty".

He was sentenced to four and a half years jail on Monday, and must serve at least two and a half before he is eligible for parole.

A Victorian court heard the girl was particularly vulnerable, as she was being bullied.

Her stepfather regularly touched her inappropriately and pleaded with her to expose herself.

"On occasions, you gave her treats as rewards and asked to be rewarded in return," the judge said.

"The victim was, in my view, grossly taken advantage of."

The man told his stepdaughter she was an equal participant, and not to tell anyone because it would have a devastating impact on the family.

His abuse finally stopped when he accepted his victim didn't want it to continue.

He admitted some of the offending to his wife when he realised his stepdaughter was going to come forward.

The man pleaded guilty to six charges relating to indecent acts with the girl, who was aged under 16 during some of the offending.

He will be on the sex offender register for life.

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