Father tells court he raped his daughter because he could not afford a prostituteBy Mason White 10:59 AM January 21, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man was sentenced to 8 years in prison for using his daughter as his own prostitute.
In court, the father pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughter because he could not afford a prostitute.
The woman has accused her father of defiling her. She spoke about her ordeal to encourage other victims to come forward.
68-year-old Oliver Garside of Sunderland, England, raped his daughter Sylvia Prescott, when she was 15 years old.
Prescott, who is a married mother of three boys, said that she did not go to the police while her grandmother was alive for fear that the details of the case would upset her.
However, when her grandmother died, Sylvia knew it was time to stand up to her abusive father.
Prescott, 47, said that a weight has been lifted off her shoulder. She just wishes that she had gone to the police earlier.
“Prosecutors were able to build a strong case against my father and he pleaded guilty to abuse, meaning that I did not have to go through the trauma of a trial,” Prescott said.
During sentencing, the judge reprimanded the father for the excuse he gave as to why he sexually abused his daughter.
Prescott admitted that she felt sick when she heard her father’s defense.
He claimed that he raped her because he could not afford a prostitute.
“What kind of defense is that?” She asked.
“I finally feel free to live my life without him hovering over me and I should have done it sooner,” she said.
Prescott came out publicly with her story in hopes that she can help and give other victims the strength to go after their abusers.