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Father jailed after tying his daughter to tree and raping her

By Mason White 10:26 AM April 6, 2014
Rope around tree illustration 

By: Anika Rao
A father is behind bars after sexually assaulting his own daughter for more than 10 years, prosecutors in Ireland said.

The 48-year-old man of Kildare, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for raping and abusing his daughter.

A local detective said that during the investigation he uncovered that the father raped his daughter since she was three years old. In one incident, when the girl was aged about 12 years old, she was tied to a tree with rope and raped.

On another occasion, the father gave the girl a chocolate bar before taking her to a forest where he raped her. The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court, to 18 counts of sexual assault, one count of oral rape and attempted rape. Prosecutors said that the abuse took place over 10 years.

The girl told investigators how she could never call her father “Dad” again. She said that she always feels shame, pain, anger, depression and fear.

The man’s defense attorney claimed that his client had a disturbing background. The lawyer told the judge that his client had been abused and perhaps that could explain his behavior.

The judge sentenced the man to 12 years in prison and an additional three year suspended prison sentence.